Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

For the last 20 years, our focus has been to prepare individuals to become transformational leaders who can work effectively in diverse, ambiguous, and challenging educational environments, with a strong commitment to promoting equity, excellence, social justice, democracy, risk-taking, and responsiveness to community needs. We strive to support marginalized student populations, including but not limited to undocumented students, LGBTQA+ students, and students with diverse abilities, by creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment that values diversity and provides equitable opportunities for all students to succeed. Our faculty is dedicated to developing collaborative and responsive relationships with local and external educational communities, and to promoting educational policies and practices that prioritize equity and social justice for all communities


We offer two master's degrees, a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration. We also prepare students for principal and superintendent certification.



We are dedicated to our students’ success and strive to provide opportunities to deepen their learning in whatever focus area they so choose. Our faculty have received awards and recognition from UTSA as well as from local, national, and international professional organizations.


Points of Pride

  • 87% of graduates work in academia, higher education student affairs, or are in school and district educational administration
  • Students receive a variety of fellowships like the UCEA Jackson Scholars
  • Graduated more than 180 doctoral students since 2004
students outside the main building

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The University of Texas at San Antonio -Downtown Campus
College of Education and
Human Development
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
501 W. Cesar E. Chavez
San Antonio, Texas 78207
Phone: 210-458-5436


College of Education and Human Development
Main Building | One UTSA Circle | San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: 210-458-4370 |