Skip to content

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Admission Requirements

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Admission to the K-16 Educational Leadership Ph.D. program requires admission to both the Graduate School and the Department.

Graduate School Admissions Requirements can be found here and include the following:

  • Master's degree in education or other field appropriate for the doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
  • Grade point minimum average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 from the master's degree.
  • Successful applicants for unconditional admission are expected to present a minimum of two of the following three Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: (1) verbal minimum score of 153, (2) quantitative minimum score of 144, (3) written analytical minimum score of 4.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirement for a standardized test will be considered for probationary admission status when other factors are taken into account in a holistic review.
  • A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • At least three years of documented experience in a work environment in which the primary professional responsibility at any level has been education (e.g., teaching, administration, curriculum development, professional development, post secondary education, government or private industry settings) are recommended.
  • Admission is very competitive. Meeting admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Applicants who have been suspended from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons may not be admitted or readmitted to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

College of Education Master’s Degree Requirements

Unconditional Admission Criteria

  • 2 or more years relevant work experience
  • Undergraduate transcripts with a 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours or 3.0 cumulative GPA, whichever is higher. A 3.0 GPA on the last 9 hours of graduate coursework may be considered in place of undergraduate GPA.
  • 2 professional letters of reference on file
  • Program areas may have additional requirements.

Probationary Admission Criteria

  • Students with less than 2 years relevant work experience must provide 2 professional letters of reference.
  • Students granted probationary admission must maintain a 3.0 (B or better) GPA in the first 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in the College of Education program to be converted from probationary to unconditional admission.
  • Program areas may have additional requirements.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies M.Ed. Program

Admission to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is competitive and some qualified students may not be admitted if demand exceeds the program’s capacity to serve all applicants. Applicants are considered for unconditional admission if they submit documents required for TEA reporting and meet the first criterion plus either the second or the third criterion:

All students must meet university, college, department, and Texas Administrative Code qualifications in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of a program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

Unconditional Admission Criteria

  1. 2 or more years of relevant work experience
  2. Undergraduate transcripts with a 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours or 3.0 cumulative GPA, whichever is higher. A 3.0 GPA on the last 9 hours of graduate coursework may be considered in place of undergraduate GPA.
  3. 2 professional letters of reference on file. Letters from supervisors are strongly encouraged.

Probationary Admission Criteria

  • Applicants who meet requirements 2) and 3) from unconditional admission criteria but have less than 2 years of relevant work experience may be granted probationary admission. The faculty admissions committee may require additional documents (e.g., GRE scores) for consideration.
  • Students granted probationary admission must maintain a 3.0 (B or better) GPA in the first 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in the College of Education program to be converted from probationary to unconditional admission.

In addition to program-area requirements to meet documents required for TEA reporting, including: 1) a written response to the given prompt (fulfills “other screening instrument” as required by The Texas Education Agency) and 2) completion of Attestation and FERPA forms. The overall grade point average (GPA) of each incoming class admitted between September 1 and August 31 of each year by an educator preparation program (EPP) may not be less than 3.00 on a four-point scale or the equivalent.

DEFINITIONS

Unconditional Admission
An applicant who meets all requirements is normally considered for unconditional admission. Unconditionally admitted students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the program and have at least a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Probationary Admission
An applicant who does not meet all requirements for unconditional admission nevertheless may show promise for successful graduate study and, upon recommendation of the graduate advisor, Committee on Graduate Studies and with approval of the academic dean may be granted probationary admission. Students admitted on probation to any graduate program in the College of Education must earn a 3.0 GPA, with no grade lower than a B, on the first nine credit hours of study. In addition, in order to graduate from UTA and the College of Education, all candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Deferred Admission
An applicant’s admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate. 

Denied Admission
An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional or probationary admission are not met. In addition, if a student was suspended or expelled from the University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic, that student may be denied admission or readmission to an educator preparation program in the UTA College of Education.

SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATE

Admission Requirements - Superintendent Program

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers coursework and practicums leading to a Superintendent Certificate.  Upon completion of superintendency coursework, Texas administrators seeking a Texas Superintendent Certificate must make a passing score on the Superintendent Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) and provide evidence of Principal or equivalent certification before they will be recommended to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for issuance of the certificate.

Required EDAD courses for the Superintendent Certificate: 6179, 6279, 6371, 6373, 6374, and 6378.  Currently, courses are offered in an online-only format.  Out of state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification.  Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of the Superintendent Certification program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

Admissions requirements for superintendent certificate program:

  • Certified Administrator in state of residence (if applicable)
  • Currently serving in an administrative position or 2 years of administrative experience at building or district level.
  • Master's GPA of 3.75 or 3 recommendation forms submitted (3.0 or higher GPA required).
  • Other documents required for TEA reporting.

Out of State Students
Out of state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of the Superintendent Certification program at UTA will lead to certification in their state. Additionally, since certification requirements vary among states, students should ensure they are in compliance with these requirements to ensure eligibility for licensure in their state.

Contact the program coordinator for questions about admissions requirements, which include:

  • A brief letter of application (one page maximum)
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vita (four pages maximum)
  • A brief explanation of your motivation for pursuing this particular doctoral degree and a discussion of how your previous experience and your future aspirations fit the goals of the program (600 words maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation. Forms can be found here.

Applications

All applications are completed online through the Office of Graduate Studies. The application is found here.

Leadership Minor and Certificate

The Leadership Minor and Certificate program is a joint initiative between the Department of Educational Leadership and The Leadership Center in the Division of Student Affairs. The chair and director of these two areas share program management and oversight. The minor is open to all degree-seeking students enrolled at The University of Texas at Arlington, while the certificate is available to degree and non-degree-seeking students. Interested students should initiate a request for the preparation of their program by sending an email to the following contacts:

  • Dr. Mario Martinez, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies College of Education, 105B Trimble Hall 817-272-0149 mario.martinez@uta.edu
  • Loretta Pequeno-Griffin, Associate Director of The Leadership Center 817-272-9220 lgriffin@uta.edu