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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

This social justice and equity oriented program focuses on developing personal, professional, and community leadership skills and prepares students to lead P-12 educational institutions. We prepare student-centered leaders to understand and address complex and systemic issues that continue to impact educational effectiveness, equity, and achievement. Our students establish lifelong personal and professional networks through a model that bands them together in coursework throughout their program.

Students in the program benefit from our faculty’s close connections with local school districts, superintendents, and principals, while expanding their professional networks as they work alongside other dedicated educators. Many faculty members are former teachers and administrators who bring real-world experience and practical knowledge into the classroom. By developing student-centered leaders, our graduates are prepared to understand and address complex and systemic issues that continue to impact educational effectiveness, equity, and achievement.



Program Options

Educational Leadership Emphasis with Principal Certification:


Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours: 

  • EDL 5003  Introduction to School Administration
  • EDU 5003  Research Methods
  • EDU 6223  Education in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Society
  • EDL 6013  Supervision: Teaching-Learning Process
  • EDL 5203  School and Community Relations
  • EDL 5503  Administration and Function of Special Programs
  • EDL 5403  The Principalship
  • EDL 5703  Legal Foundations in Education
  • EDL 5103  Introduction to School Finance
  • EDL 6023  Instructional Leadership
  • EDL 6942  Practicum in Educational Administration
  • EDL 5303  Human Relations in Educational Administration
  • EDL 6941  Practicum in Educational Leadership


Successful completion of the coursework and passing of the state required examination could result in a recommendation to the State of Texas for principal certification. Our program offers workshops, study materials, and a practice exam to prepare students for the TExES Principal Certification Exam. In partnership with administrators and school districts, a résumé and interview workshop prepares students for the job search. In addition, this program provides training in Texas-Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL).


Educational Policy and Advocacy Emphasis:


This social justice and equity oriented program focuses on developing personal, professional, and community leadership skills and prepares students to navigate and understand the complex political climate in education policy. The program highlights the role of structural inequities such as racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of marginalization that impact educational opportunity, policy, and practice for all students. We prepare student-centered leaders who can address and understand these complex and systemic issues as a means of achieving social justice through educational equity. Our students establish lifelong personal and professional networks through a model that bands them together in coursework throughout their program.


Students in the program benefit from our faculty’s close connections with local non-profits, advocacy groups, government leaders, school districts, superintendents, and principals, while expanding their professional networks as they work alongside other dedicated educators and advocates. By developing student-centered leaders, our graduates are prepared to become advocates for educational equity in the community.


This is a cohort-based, 36-credit hour degree program. Most semesters, students will take 2 courses (or 6 hours). All courses are offered in the evenings at the Downtown Campus.


  • EDL 5003  Introduction to School Administration 
  • EDU 5003  Research Methods 
  • EDU 6223 Education in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Society
  • EDU 5103 Advanced Foundations of Education in Policy, Politics and Equity 
  • EDL 5203 School and Community Relations 
  • EDL 5503 Administration and Function of Special Programs 
  • EDL 6033 Education Policy and Politics 
  • EDL 5703 Legal Foundations in Education 
  • EDL 5103 Introduction to School Finance 
  • EDL 6133 Advocacy Leadership 
  • EDL 6942 Practicum in Educational Administration 
  • EDL 5303 Human Relations in Educational Administration 
  • EDL 6941 Practicum in Educational Leadership


Career Opportunities

Graduates find career opportunities such as: instructional coaches, assistant principal, principal, district level curriculum coordinator and leader, program director, assistant and deputy superintendent (with superintendent certification), and other central office administrative positions.

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Admission Requirements



All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:


Applicant must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements, be in good standing with last institution attended, and submit the following: 

Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, documenting proof of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework 

  • A resume demonstrating educational experience and leadership activities 
  • One page statement of purpose that provides (1) the applicant’s reason for pursing this graduate degree, (2) indication of emphasis area, and (3) career plans after obtaining the degree 

** For additional requirements to complete application, special or conditional admission, or admission assistance, please visit the graduate school website at graduateschool.utsa.edu.


UTSA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking


GRADUATE PROGRAM ASSISTANCE:
For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)



Applications

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
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San Antonio, TX 78249

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Services
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210-458-4487 fax




UTSA Graduate School

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
Attn: The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249



College of Education and Human Development

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249