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What is an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies?

To become a principal in Texas, you must complete an accredited educator preparation program. There are many educational leadership graduate programs available for your convenience, including an online master's degree in educational leadership, so you can continue to work while pursuing your master's degree. You want a program to prepare you not only for leading but for implementing the policies needed to run a successful school.

What to expect

Educational leadership graduate programs typically take less than two years. Online classes are five weeks long, and worth three credit hours each. Courses include:

  • Curriculum design
  • Educational research and evaluation
  • Leadership in the instructional setting and leadership theory
  • Diversity
  • Legal aspects of education

Along with these classes, toward the end of the educational leadership graduate program, you will complete an internship as an administrator. This is to give you some experience handling the day-to-day responsibilities of an administrator while under the direct supervision of a current administrator. Many people complete this internship on their own campus while still fulfilling their teaching responsibilities. This step is a valuable process for students seeking an online master's degree in educational leadership because it can give you the first-hand experience of an administrator.

Benefits of this program

An online master's degree in educational leadership can give you the flexibility of working on assignments and class requirements around your schedule. This can provide a balance between home, work and class requirements. Also, completing your internship at your current school can be advantageous because you know and understand the rules of the school and the administration, which can make it easier to learn the duties of an administrator.

To move up in the teaching field and become a principal, you want an educational leadership graduate program that is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification.

This program is an essential step in becoming a principal in Texas and will give you the leadership skills and understanding of the policies behind how a school works and functions.


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