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Program Coordinator

Dr. Maria Trache

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Higher ed, K-16 pathways, life course res, STEM ed, internationalization, labor market, social equity



Phone #: 817-272-2109

Office: Trimble Hall 103 F

Bio: Dr. Maria Trache is a professor in the College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies since August 2011, following 14 years as Statistical Consultant and Research Manager at the University of British Columbia and over 15 years as a faculty at the University of Bucharest. She brings over 30 years of combined teaching and research experience from both science and social sciences to UTA. As an educational researcher, Dr. Trache focuses on equity issues in higher education and the labor market by examining the effects of structural differences at the intersection of gender, race, social class, immigrant status, disability. Her research is informed by theoretical frameworks from sociology, economics of education, and life course research. She has expertise in advanced quantitative methods, survey methods and analysis of large-scale survey data. Dr. Trache is author/co-author of about 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals, edited books, working paper series. She currently serves as a member on the Sociology/Demography Insight Grants Selection Committee for the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Graduate Recruiter

Students accepted in the M.Ed. with Higher Education Administration Emphasis can elect, with program approval, to pursue the integrated BA-Ph.D. track which allows students to start doctoral work earlier and transfer into the Ph.D. program upon completion of 30 SCH in the Master of Educational Leadership and Policy studies with Higher Education Emphasis program, and after two evaluations of their academic progress.

Course of Study

 EDAD 5322  Educational Research and Evaluation
 EDAD 5360  Leadership Theory
 EDAD 5380  Diversity and Equity in Education
 EDAD 5399  Capstone Practicum in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

 EDAD 5350  American College Student
 EDAD 5351  Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs
 EDAD 5352  Higher Education Law
 EDAD 5354  The American Community College
 EDAD 5356  History, Principles, and Philosophy of Higher Education
 EDAD 5357  Higher Education Trends and Issues


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ELPS Ph.D. alumni have gone on to serve as:

- Administrators in institutions of higher education

- Administrators and superintendents in K-12 education

- Professors of educational leadership