The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers one 30-credit hour master’s degree programs and one 15-credit hour superintendent certification program through our accelerated online programs. Coursework in each degree includes the study of core curriculum issues, current research and research methods, and a focus in the chosen curriculum area. These programs can be completed totally online in 18 months (master's degree) and 14 months (certificate) through a sequence of accelerated five-week courses.
All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code in order to participate in educator preparation programs.
Criminal History Acknowledgement:
As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.
- In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
- 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.
- 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: