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The Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations offers two graduate degrees:

  1. M.Ed. in Educational Administration with focus on K-12 administration or leadership in higher education;
  2. Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration with concentrations in Central-Office and School-Site Leadership, Leadership in Policy Analysis and Evaluation, and Leadership in Higher Education. 

Non-Degree Programs

In addition to the M.Ed. in Educational Administration degree program, the department offers coursework leading to Texas certification in the areas of School Principal and School Superintendent. The Principal Certification Program is available to students who have completed the M.Ed. in Educational Administration in the department as well as to students with a master’s degree from another related field.

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Master of Education

Doctor of Education


CHAIR: Dr. Rodolfo Rincones


John Daresh
Contact Information:; 915-747-7592
Education: Graduate Work, Applied Linguistics, Universite Laval; BA, Loras College; MA, DePaul University; Ph D, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
Research Interests: Same items listed above

Clifton Tanabe
Contact Information:; 915-747-5572

Associate Professor

Eduardo Arellano
Contact Information:; 915-747-7593
Education: BA, The University of Texas at El Paso; MPA, The University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, New Mexico State University, 2018

Penelope Espinoza
Contact Information:; 915-747-8784
Education: BA, Stanford University; MA, University of Michigan; Ph D, University of Michigan, 2018
Research Interests: Social Psychology, Higher Education, STEM education

Rodolfo Rincones
Contact Information:; 915-747-7614
Education: BS, Escuela Superior de Agricultura "Hermanos Escobar; MA, New Mexico State University; Ph D, New Mexico State University, 2018

Don Schulte
Contact Information:; 915-747-5300
Education: BS, University of Texas at El Paso; M.Ed, University of Texas at El Paso; EDD, University of Texas at El Paso, 2018
Research Interests: Attributes of Effective Educators, Finance Policy, Leadership for Social Justice, Use of Technology in Education

Richard Sorenson
Contact Information:; 915-747-5383
Education: BS, Corpus Christi State Univeristy; MS, Corpus Christi University; EDD, Texas A&M University, 2018
Research Interests: The Recruitment, Selection, Development, and Retention of Public School Principals.

Assistant Professor

Jesus Cisneros
Contact Information:; 915-747-6450
Education: BA, New Mexico State University; MS, Texas A&M University; Ph D, Arizona State University, 2018

David DeMatthews
Contact Information:; 915-747-7591
Education: BA, Rutgers University; MA, Johns Hopkins University; Ph D, University of Maryland, 2018
Research Interests: Dr. DeMatthews has conducted educational research focused on issues related to K-12 school leadership, educational policy, and marginalized student populations in urban and rural school districts. Currently, Dr. DeMatthews is conducting a research project in multiple school districts that examines principal leadership for social justice along the US-Mexico border.

Julia Duncheon
Contact Information:; 915-747-7589
Education: Ph D, University of Southern California, 2018
Research Interests: Postsecondary transition, college access and readiness, underserved student populations, urban high schools, early college high schools, educational equity

David Knight
Contact Information:; 915-747-5949
Education: BS, University of Kansas; MA, University of Southern California; Ph D, University of Southern California, 2018
Research Interests: Economics of Education, School Finance, Educator Labor Markets, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Angus Mungal
Contact Information:; 915-747-8433
Education: Ph D, New York University, 2018
Research Interests: Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Preparation, Social Justice, Qualitative Research, Educational Policy, Market Ideology, Institutional Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, Leadership and Advocacy, Higher Education, Education Administration, Public-Private Partnerships, Educational Partnerships.

Assistant Professor of Practice

Maria Cortez
Contact Information:; 915-747-6276
Education: BBA, The University of Texas at El Paso; M.Ed, The University of Texas at El Paso; EDD, The University of Texas at El Paso, 2018
Research Interests: social media in education, technology in education, at-risk students, dropouts, preparing educational leaders, preparing new teachers, preparing mentor teachers, arts in education, portraiture, and service learning