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K-16 Educational Leadership Preparation, Research, and Teaching

Masters with Principal Certification

Master in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The department offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In addition to core courses in K-16 educational leadership and policy, two distinct emphases are available: Higher Education Administration and Principal Certificate. All Master programs are composed of a K-16 core set of courses and a set of specialized courses in each emphasis area. Contact our program advisers for more questions about coursework.

In face-to-face, hybrid, or unique online delivery methods, students in these programs build upon their existing expertise with progressive skills that can increase student achievement, improve teacher performance, and increase organizational effectiveness of schools and higher education institutions.

Masters with Principal Certification

Prepares students who wish to work in K-12 administration. Students who do not already hold a master’s degree must pursue the M.Ed. as opposed to the certification-only program. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires candidates seeking certification to complete all practica in a TEA-approved site. 

Out-of-state students who do not complete the practicum at a UTA College of Education and TEA-approved site and meet all other TEA requirements do not qualify for Texas educator certification. If seeking certification outside of Texas, please work with your state agency in the state in which you are seeking certification to determine eligibility and to complete any additional requirements.  Please note that after successful completion of your UTA College of Education degree, you may request a memo indicating your degree completion.  UTA cannot recommend out-of-state students for certification and cannot recommend out-of-state students to take Texas certification exam(s). Additionally, UTA faculty and staff cannot complete out-of-state form requests for individuals seeking certification, licensure, and/or endorsements in another state according to TEA. See Information for Out of State Students Who Complete the Accelerated Online Programs for additional information regarding certification.

We do not recommend students for probationary certificates.

All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs.

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: 

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