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Become a Principal with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

"Employment growth for school principals is expected to increase 10 percent by 2020," says U.S. News & World Report. Professional educators who want to advance to a leadership position in Texas K-12 education can take advantage of that job growth by completing the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies online program offered by the University of Texas at Arlington.

Becoming a Principal or Assistant Principal

The online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program was developed by UTA along with area school districts specifically to equip degree candidates with the skills and proficiencies needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. It is a non-thesis principal certification program and is fully aligned with Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards.

Program Overview

A key goal for school principals is to improve teacher retention while increasing student achievement. Leading one's school and learning community with confidence is also crucial to success in the role.

As the leader of an entire community within a school, the principal is responsible for operations, budget, planning, curriculum, students, staff, faculty and much more. In order to prepare teachers for the diverse responsibilities they will face as principals, this Master of Education program provides the following courses:

  • Administrative Internship
    Program candidates gain job-related experience under supervision in an appropriate educational setting; this is the first course in the program.
  • Curriculum Design, Implementation & Evaluation
    This course covers theory, research and current trends in curriculum development.
  • Educational Research and Evaluation
    Concepts and procedures for analyzing, designing, and conducting quantitative and qualitative educational studies are covered.
  • Leadership in the Instructional Setting
    Current research on effective instructional organizations, classroom instruction, school leadership, and the role of the teacher are the focus of this course.
  • Leadership Theory
    This course is designed to prompt self-awareness in school leaders.
  • Diversity in Educational Settings
    Effective leadership, instruction and management strategies for diverse educational settings are included.
  • Political and Legal Aspects of Education
    This course focuses on the legal foundation, political theory and application of political skills in public education.
  • The Principalship
    This course highlights the role of the campus leader in the leadership, organization and administration of schools.
  • Resource Management in Education
    The emphasis is on technology, finance, budgeting, sources of revenue and all of the auxiliary services supporting the educational program.
  • Capstone Internship in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    This final course in the program fulfills examination requirements for the graduate degree. Students complete a professional portfolio and research project.

Program Accreditations

Designed to prepare teachers for the Standard Texas Principal Certificate, this program is approved by the University of Texas System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. It is also fully accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification. UTA's College of Education holds accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The online delivery method provides the flexibility to continue your education while juggling the many activities of home and work. Degree candidates can complete the program in 15 months and consists of ten 7-week courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

Learn more about UTA's online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program.


U.S. News & World Report: Online Education Leadership and Administration Master's Degree

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