Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (M.Ed.) Online

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Quick Facts

15 Months

30 Credit Hours

$8,200 Tuition

5 Week Courses

About the Program

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was collaboratively developed by UT Arlington and area school districts to instill the skills and background needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This non-thesis principal certification program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

Discover how you can build upon your existing expertise with progressive skills that can improve teacher retention and increase student achievement. Learn more about your leadership style and lead with greater confidence in your district and learning community. The unique online delivery method affords the flexibility you've been looking for to continue your education and juggle the many activities of home and work.

This program is approved by The University of Texas System and Higher Education Coordinating Board, and is fully accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification.

List of required textbooks (.pdf)

Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements. Students in this program must also purchase Tk20 as part of their course materials for a one-time non-refundable cost of $100. It may be purchased online.

Certificate Information

Texas Residents

The Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is an approved educator preparation program in Texas. To be eligible to receive the Standard Texas Principal Certificate, you must:

  • hold a master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency, as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  • hold a valid Texas classroom teaching certificate;
  • have two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher;
  • successfully complete an approved Texas principal educator preparation program which includes a supervised practicum in an accredited Texas public school or other school approved by the Texas Education Agency;
  • successfully complete Texas required exams.

Out of State Residents

Out of state students seeking certification in their home state must review the requirements for licensure with their home state education agency to determine if completion of the Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington will lead to licensure in their home state.

Accreditation Information


Our College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and numerous national organizations as the accrediting body for universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in P-12 schools. NCATE ensures that accredited institutions hold high standards and produce competent, caring, and highly qualified educators and administrators who have proven they can support the learning of all students.

To find out more, contact an enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.

“The program was excellent...I would recommend it to anybody.”

Edward Woolcock

UTA 2012 Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Graduate

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