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Thank you for visiting our website and for considering our Master’s and Ph.D. programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS).


With a long tradition of preparing and working with educational leaders from across P-12, community college and higher education institutions, ELPS is proud of our legacy of working with area school districts, universities, colleges, educational advocacy groups, and research organizations. We take serious the role we play in informing educational policy and of preparing educational leaders to shape educational practice, to strive for educational justice and equity, and to transform schools, communities and institutions.


Our faculty is committed to working with students, to conducting meaningful and relevant educational research, and to maintaining our strong relationships with the many ELPS alumni who lead in educational institutions across San Antonio, Texas and the U.S. Our faculty members also have expertise in areas such as urban school leader preparation, college access for first generation college students, critical educational policy analysis, critical race theory in education, educational law across public and higher education, and P-20 educational pathways, and they employ qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research methodologies in their scholarship.


ELPS has on-going partnerships with districts such as Northside ISD, Northeast ISD, San Antonio ISD, Edgewood ISD, Somerset ISD, and Southwest ISD, to name a few, and the Department maintains a successful collaboration with the Alamo Colleges. Our alumni serve in a variety of roles including superintendent, principal, assistant principal, teacher leader, community college directors and deans, and university deans, institutional research analysts, and academic advisors.


If your interest lies in utilizing educational leadership and policy frameworks for challenging educational inequity and for serving historically underrepresented and underserved students and communities across P-20, ELPS is a department that will certainly prepare you to transform and positively influence education in the work that you do. Whether it is to progress on your practitioner career track, or to acquire research skills and experience as an academic and scholar, ELPS is prepared to work with you in achieving your goals.


Please let me know if you have any questions as you consider the next steps in your educational journey, and my best wishes to you as you pursue your educational, academic and professional goals.


Enrique Alemán, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor and Chair



Educational Leadership and Policy Studies





Upcoming Events



Operation R.I.S.E. - Resources Inspiring Stellar Education

August 18, 2018

TIME: 9 a.m. to Noon

LOC: Other

BLDG: TriPoint Event Center - 3233 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212


COEHD Student Resource Fair - Main Campus

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

TIME: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

LOC: Main Campus

BLDG: Main Building, 3.308


COEHD Student Resource Fair - Downtown Campus

Thursday, August 23, 2018

TIME: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

LOC: DT Campus

BLDG: Buena Vista Bldg., 1.338


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