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K-16 Educational Leadership Preparation, Research, and Teaching


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) offers one undergraduate and three graduate programs.

Program Coordinator contact information:

  • Dr. Barbara Tobolowsky ( for Ph.D. programs
  • Dr. Maria Trache ( for Master’s programs (Higher education emphasis and Principal Certification emphasis)
  • Dr. Diane Patrick ( for Superintendent Certification
  • Loretta Pequeno-Griffin ( for undergraduate Leadership Minor/Certificate


Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: