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Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Online

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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was collaboratively developed by The University of Texas at 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 with the Texas Administrative Code (TAC §241.15), and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

Why Choose UTA Online:

icon $8,200 Total Tuition
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $8,200 Total Tuition
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states may continue in their program without interruption.

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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.

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This M.Ed. online program is offered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and is designed so that students can build upon their existing expertise with progressive skills that can increase student achievement, improve teacher performance and increase organizational effectiveness of schools and higher education institutions.

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.

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information.

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 UTA will lead to licensure in their home state.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires candidates seeking certification to complete all practica in a TEA-approved site. Out-of-state students who do not complete the practicum at a UTA College of Education and TEA-approved site and meet all other TEA requirements do not qualify for Texas educator certification. If seeking certification outside of Texas, please work with your state agency in the state in which you are seeking certification to determine eligibility and to complete any additional requirements. Please note that after successful completion of your UTA College of Education degree, you may request a memo indicating your degree completion. UTA cannot recommend out-of-state students for certification and cannot recommend out-of-state students to take Texas certification exam(s). Additionally, UTA faculty and staff cannot complete out-of-state form requests for individuals seeking certification, licensure, and/or endorsements in another state according to TEA.

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

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Ty G. Jones, M.Ed.

"It opened up my perspective and gave me a lot more options as it relates to addressing some of the educational needs within my district, state and nation."

Ty G. Jones, M.Ed.2014 Graduate of UTA's online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program

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We understand that it can be difficult to manage work, classes, life and finances. That’s why UTA offers an affordable online education with pay-by-the course options.

$8,200 Total Tuition
$819.99 Per Course*
$273.33 Per Credit Hour

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"The program was excellent...I would recommend it to anybody."

Edward WoolcockUTA 2012 Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Graduate


The Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/21/2020 12/18/2019 12/18/2019 1/15/2020 1/17/2020 Spring
3/16/2020 2/20/2020 2/20/2020 3/11/2020 3/13/2020 Spring
5/18/2020 4/23/2020 4/23/2020 5/13/2020 5/15/2020 Summer
6/29/2020 6/4/2020 6/4/2020 6/24/2020 6/26/2020 Summer
8/24/2020 7/30/2020 7/30/2020 8/19/2020 8/21/2020 Fall
10/19/2020 9/24/2020 9/24/2020 10/14/2020 10/16/2020 Fall

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The UTA College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies online program. Find out the requirements for this online program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them below.

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Admission to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is competitive and some qualified students may not be admitted if demand exceeds the program’s capacity to serve all applicants. Applicants are considered for unconditional admission if they submit documents required for TEA reporting and meet the first criterion plus either the second or the third criterion:

All students must meet university, college, department, and Texas Administrative Code qualifications in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of a program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

Unconditional Admission Criteria

An applicant who meets all requirements is normally considered for unconditional admission. Unconditionally admitted students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the program and have at least a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate. Requirements include:

  1. Two or more years of relevant work experience.
  2. Undergraduate transcripts with a 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours or 3.0 cumulative GPA as calculated by the Graduate School, whichever is higher. A 3.0 GPA on the last 9 hours of graduate coursework may be considered in place of undergraduate GPA.
  3. Two professional letters of reference on file. Letters from supervisors are strongly encouraged. Download the Letter of Reference form (.pdf).

Provisional Admission Criteria

An applicant who does not meet all requirements for unconditional admission nevertheless may show promise for successful graduate study and, upon recommendation of the graduate advisor, Committee on Graduate Studies and with approval of the academic dean may be granted probationary admission. Students admitted on probation to any graduate program in the College of Education must earn a 3.0 GPA, with no grade lower than a B, on the first nine credit hours of study. In addition, in order to graduate from UTA and the College of Education, all candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

  1. Applicants who meet requirements 2) and 3) from unconditional admission criteria but have less than 2 years of relevant work experience may be granted probationary admission. The faculty admissions committee may require additional documents (e.g., GRE scores) for consideration.
  2. Students granted probationary admission must maintain a 3.0 (B or better) GPA in the first 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in the College of Education program to be converted from probationary to unconditional admission.

In addition to program-area requirements to meet documents required for TEA reporting, including: 1) a written response to the given prompt (fulfills “other screening instrument” as required by The Texas Education Agency) and 2) completion of Attestation and FERPA forms. The overall grade point average (GPA) of each incoming class admitted between September 1 and August 31 of each year by an educator preparation program (EPP) may not be less than 3.00 on a four-point scale or the equivalent.

Deferred Admission

An applicant's admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional and probationary admission have not been met. In addition, if a student has been suspended from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons, that student may not be admitted or readmitted to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

Student Requirements

After being admitted and after completing any probationary period, students must meet the following:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to continue in this graduate program
  • Complete all pre-graduation requirements before registering in the Capstone course

Additionally, since certification requirements vary among states, students should ensure they are in compliance with these requirements to ensure eligibility for school administrator licensure in their state.

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Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course map indicating the course sequence will be provided. Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information. 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 plus tax and fees. It may be purchased online.

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EDAD 5322: Educational Research and Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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EDAD 5360: Leadership Theory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Leadership theories and the practice of leadership serve to focus this course designed to prompt self-awareness as a school leader.

EDAD 5380: Diversity in Educational Settings

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Effective leadership, instruction, and management strategies for work in diverse educational settings. Designed to provide self-awareness and insight into issues of diversity such as culture, ethnicity, exceptionality, gender, language, and socioeconomic status. Demographic issues along with urban and suburban educational settings will also be addressed.

EDAD 5381: Governance, Political, and Legal Aspects of Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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EDAD 5384: Resource Management in Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

School finance, as well as auxiliary areas of resource management, will be addressed. The emphasis will be on the use of technology, alternative models of financing and budgeting, and sources of revenue from the federal, state and local levels as well as from private sources. The course is designed to assist administrators in developing an understanding of the functions, operation and evaluation of auxiliary services which support the educational program.

EDAD 5389: Administrative Practicum

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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EDAD 5399: Capstone Internship in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Successful completion of the Capstone Internship will fulfill the comprehensive examination requirements for the graduate degree and result in the completion of the professional portfolio and research project. This course is the last one in the program for every student.

*Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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