Message from the Chair


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is home to several graduate-level programs focusing on the preparation of the next generation of P-20 educational leaders. We offer master’s degrees in K-12 Educational Leadership and in Higher Education Administration. Our Ph.D. program has two emphases: K-12 Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration. We also offer state certification for principals and superintendents along with a graduate certificate in higher education administration.

All of our programs are based on a cohort model that fosters collaboration and relationship building among students. A majority of our cohorts were established in partnership with local school districts and institutions of higher education. These partnerships include Edgewood ISD, Northeast ISD, Northside ISD, San Antonio ISD, Southwest ISD, and the Alamo Colleges, to name a few. All of our programmatic initiatives foster the leadership development of our students with an advocacy-orientation rooted in social justice principles.  

The partnerships reflect the commitment of our faculty members in delivering community-based and equity-focused learning. Our faculty are outstanding researchers and educators who are dedicated to the preparation of leaders across the education spectrum. Faculty engage and challenge students in ways that foster critical reflection and discussion. They encourage students to confront their own biases and to find meaningful ways to counter racist and hegemonic views in their workplaces. Our faculty members have been nationally recognized for their stellar research and scholarly contributions to their respective fields of study.

Our students are dedicated to being active participants in their learning out of their desire to transform their educational settings. Students across our programs and cohorts understand that systemic reform begins with them. They complete our programs ready to enact equitable practices that support and enhance the academic journeys of the students that they serve. Our master’s and doctoral alumni number in the hundreds and are positively impacting the communities in which they work in a variety of roles from school principals to district superintendents, higher education administration, and university faculty.

You can always count on our office staff and work-study students to keep the department moving while sometimes working behind the scenes. They are also student-centered and bring a wealth of knowledge into everyday decision-making.

It’s our 20th anniversary as a department and we’re set for another amazing year! While this year looks very different than those in the past, we will persevere through our collaborative efforts.



Dr. Mariela Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Department Chair

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