Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Greetings and welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. For the last 20 years, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies have been preparing educational leaders to work effectively in ethnically, racially, socially, and linguistically diverse educational environments. Our graduates transform school and university/college settings as they lead to social justice. The department offers graduate programs for leaders of Pre-K thru 12th grade and college and university settings and offers preparation for professional educator certifications in principalship and superintendency. Through our partnerships with local school districts and institutions of higher education, students have the opportunity to apply leadership theories and practices in real-world settings. 


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 |