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Students who wish to pursue graduate study directed toward developing leadership knowledge and skills can pursue a master’s in Educational Administration with focus on: (A) K-12 School Administration or (B) Higher Education Leadership.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration

The admission factors will be reviewed holistically to assess the potential of the applicant. The successful applicant would typically have an undergraduate upper division GPA of 3.0 or higher that demonstrates focus on academics, twelve hours of undergraduate coursework in professional education that demonstrates basic knowledge in this area of study, and a written statement that demonstrates maturity and commitment to Education.

Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Administration must complete the following prior to the semester in which they first plan to enroll. 

  • Unconditional admission into the M.Ed. in Educational Administration degree programs requires the following:
    • Application for admission to the Graduate School;
    • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university;
    • Attainment of an undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00; or
    • Attainment of an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.00 in all upper division undergraduate coursework;
    • Evidence of successful completion of at least 12 semester hours of coursework in upper-division undergraduate coursework in professional education;
    • A written statement by the applicant describing personal and professional goals as related to the focus of the M.Ed. in Educational Administration; and
    • A curriculum vitae/resume. 
  • Conditional admission can be granted to applicants who have been denied unconditional admission to the program. The Admissions Review Committee of each program will consider and make recommendations to admit applicants conditionally. Terms of any conditional admittance will be determined on an individual basis, and will be specified in writing to the Graduate School and to the applicant.

A. Focus on K-12 Administration

The 36-credit hour Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program in Educational Administration with emphasis on K-12 Administration is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to becoming effective K-12 educational leaders. The program requires completion of a set of Foundation courses, General Administration courses, and Specialized Preparation courses.

Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program can also seek admission into the Principal Preparation Program, which culminates with principal certification in the state of Texas. (See section on Principal Certification.)

Foundation Courses:

All Foundation Courses must be taken prior to completing courses at the next level. All four courses will be offered every term throughout the academic year:

EDAD 5310Administrative Leadership3
EDAD 5312Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 5340School Community Leadership3
EDRS 5307Data Based Decision Making3
Total Hours12

Advanced Administration Courses:

The Advanced Administration Courses will be completed by all students admitted into the program. Prerequisites for registration include successful completion of at least three of the four Foundation Courses. The fourth Foundation Course can be in progress while the student registers for Advanced Administration courses. These courses include:

EDAD 5314School-Based Budgeting3
EDAD 5342Educational Law3
EDAD 5345Ed Leadrshp in Diverse Society3
EDAD 5348Admn of Sch Personnel Services3
Total Hours12

Specialized Preparation Courses:

The Specialized Preparation Courses can be completed while the student is also enrolled in one or more of the Advanced Administration Courses. These courses include:

EDAD 5311Curriculum Renewal3
Plus 9 semester credit hours from the following:
SPED 5320Spec Ed-Historical Legal Basis3
EDT 5372Web Tools for Construct Clsrm3
EDT 5375Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access3
EDT 5376Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog3
BED 5331Survey Issues/Bil/Sec Lang Ed3
Total Hours18

The purpose of these course offerings is to enable students without sufficient background and/or experiences to better understand major issues, trends, and practices associated with school administration in the areas of Special Education and Bilingual Education.

Completion of this program could lead towards the Texas Principal Certificate. For admission criteria, see Principal Certification Program

B. Focus on Higher Education Leadership

The M.Ed. degree program in Educational Administration with focus on higher education leadership is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to becoming effective educational leaders in higher education institutions. The program requires the following courses:

Foundation Courses (18 semester credit hours):

All three Foundation Courses must be taken prior to completing courses at the next level and will be offered every term throughout the academic year:

EDAD 5385Ethics of Leadershp in Educ.3
EDAD 5391History of Higher Education3
EDAD 5393Higher Education Law3
EDAD 5394Higher Education Governance3
EDAD 5396Higher Education Finance3
EDAD 5397Student Development Theory3
Total Hours18

Higher Education Electives (3 semester credit hours):

EDAD 5330Leadership & Advocacy Educ3
EDAD 5345Ed Leadrshp in Diverse Society3
EDAD 5386Educational Policy Development3
EDAD 5387Higher Educ Policy Analysis3
EDAD 5390Introduction to Higher Ed3
EDAD 5392The Community College3
EDAD 5395Politics of Higher Education3

Research Courses (9 semester credit hours):

The following Research Courses are required:

EDRS 5305Educ. Research and Statistics3
EDRS 5306Qualitative Research3
EDAD 5346Ed Prgm Planning & Evaluation3
Total Hours9

Field Based Learning (6 semester credit hours):

Internship/ Apprenticeship Requirements 

EDAD 5360HE Research/Internship I3
EDAD 5361HE Research/Internship II3
Total Hours6

Administrative Internships 

An eligible student with less than a year of documented administrative experience in higher education is required to complete two semesters of an administrative internship in order to gain some experience in higher education leadership. The internship should be at a site that will advance the student's professional interests. The site can be at a student's current place of employment. However, the student must take on assignments that are not associated with the student's current position. The internship should take place at one site; however, the student' s advisor may approve two internships at two sites. The internship must include a minimum of five goals to be accomplished by the student. The internship goals must be detailed in a contract agreed upon by the student, advisor, and site supervisor. In addition, accomplishing the goals of the internship, the student must at minimum, meet or communicate with his or her advisor midway of each semester to report on the progress of the internship and for the advisor to provide appropriate assistance if necessary. Midway through each semester, the advisor will either meet or communicate with the site advisor lo obtain his or her perception of the student's progress and performance. Contracts may be amended with the approval of the three parties; however no contract may be amended past each half of a semester. Prior to the end of each semester. each student is required to submit a portfolio that documents the accomplishments of the internship. The portfolio must also include a typed reflective journal of the student's experience during the internship which also addresses the extent to which the student's coursework assisted with internship. The reflective journal will not be shared with the site supervisor. 

Research Apprenticeships

An eligible student who has a year more of documented administrative experience in higher education and has less than one year of documented research experience is required to complete two semesters of a research apprenticeship in order to gain additional research experience at the graduate level. The apprenticeship should be for one research project, the student's advisor may approve two apprenticeships. the apprenticeship must include a minimum of five goals to be accomplished by the student. The apprenticeship must include a minimum of five goals to be accomplished by the student. The apprenticeship goals must be detailed in a contract agreed upon by the student and the advisor. In addition, to accomplish the goals of the apprenticeship, the student must at minimum, meet of communicate with his or her advisor midway of each semester to report the progess of the approval of the advisor and the student; however, no contract may be amended past each half of a semester. The advisor and the student will agree on the end product of each apprenticeship. 

Concentrations

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • K-12 Administration 

Degree Plan

M.Ed.- K-12 Administration Concentration 

Required Credits: 36

(All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
EDRS 5307Data Based Decision Making3
EDAD 5310Administrative Leadership3
EDAD 5312Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 5340School Community Leadership3
Advanced Administration Courses:
All courses listed below are required:
EDAD 5314School-Based Budgeting3
EDAD 5342Educational Law3
EDAD 5345Ed Leadrshp in Diverse Society3
EDAD 5348Admn of Sch Personnel Services3
Specialized Preparation Course:
The course listed below is required:
EDAD 5311Curriculum Renewal3
Select 9 semester credit hours from the following:9
Special Education Leadership
Web Tools for Construct Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Survey Issues/Bil/Sec Lang Ed

M.Ed. - Educational Admin w/a conc. in Higher Ed Leadership

Required Credits: 36

(All courses require a grade of C or better)
Foundation Courses:
All courses listed below are required:
EDAD 5385Ethics of Leadershp in Educ.3
EDAD 5391History of Higher Education3
EDAD 5393Higher Education Law3
EDAD 5394Higher Education Governance3
EDAD 5396Higher Education Finance3
EDAD 5397Student Development Theory3
Higher Education Electives:
Select one course from:3
Leadership & Advocacy Educ
Ed Leadrshp in Diverse Society
Educational Policy Development
Higher Educ Policy Analysis
Introduction to Higher Ed
The Community College
Politics of Higher Education
Select one course from:3
Leadership & Advocacy Educ
Ed Leadrshp in Diverse Society
Educational Policy Development
Higher Educ Policy Analysis
Introduction to Higher Ed
Politics of Higher Education
Research Courses:
All courses listed below are required:
EDRS 5305Educ. Research and Statistics3
EDRS 5306Qualitative Research3
EDAD 5346Ed Prgm Planning & Evaluation3
Field Based Learning:
All courses listed below are required:
EDAD 5360HE Research/Internship I3
EDAD 5361HE Research/Internship II3
Total Hours39