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2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership (Online), MA


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Administrative Unit

This degree is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research through the faculty of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, College of Education.

Objectives

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare advanced candidates for positions of leadership in education. Advanced candidates participating in this program may become eligible for Principal Certification often required for positions in school administration. Degree candidates receive training in instructional and administrative leadership, cultural proficiency, public relations, human resource management, school law and ethics, fiscal responsibility, organizational theory and other relevant areas appropriate for twenty-first century educational leaders. Eligible candidates may also pursue Superintendent Certification following successful completion of the MA and/or successful completion of the requirements for principal certification in Texas. The Educational Leadership program is aligned with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Principal and Superintendent Competencies, as well as the CAEP/ELCC (Education Leadership Constituent Council) standards.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least one (1) year of teaching experience
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “What do you see as the role of an educational leader?”

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least one (1) year of teaching experience
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “What do you see as the role of an educational leader?”
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined);
    • May also consider cultural components including, but not limited to, English as a second language, weak academic preparation that can be remediated, student motivation and desire to succeed, evidence of success in career field (e.g., teaching or service awards), and/or candidate’s diverse experiences and perspectives.

Requirements for the Master’s Degree with Principal Certification (36 sch)


Educational Leadership Requirements (27 sch)


*Note: EDLD 6371  AEL may substitute for EDLD 6370 . See qualifying statement about the face-to-face requirement for AEL and T-TESS.

**NOTE: If AEL and/orT-TESS are completed through avenues other than EDLD 6371  and/or EDLD 6372 , candidates must complete additional elective courses to earn the 36 credit hours required for the degree. By state rule, AEL and T-TESS may only be offered in a face-to-face format. An online option is not available for these courses.

Educational Leadership Elective (3 sch)


*Note: EDLD 6371  AEL may substitute for EDLD 6370 . See qualifying statement about the face-to-face requirement for AEL and T-TESS.

Principal Certification Testing and Experience Requirements


In addition to completing the degree, candidates for certification as a Principal must earn a passing score on the TExES Principal Certification Exam and must have at least two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

Principal Certification Requirements for Candidates who have a Master’s Degree


*Note: EDLD 6371  AEL may substitute for EDLD 6370 . See qualifying statement about the face-to-face requirement for AEL and T-TESS.

Advanced candidates with a Master’s degree in fields related to education will be required to complete 21 additional hours in the following areas:

Additional Requirements


In addition to completing course requirements, candidates for certification as a Principal must earn a passing score on the TExES Principal Certification Exam and must have at least two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

Superintendent Certification Requirements for Candidates who have a Master’s Degree and Principal Certification

Advanced candidates with a Master’s degree and Principal Certification may qualify as candidates to receive Superintendent Certification. All courses are available online. Accepted candidates will need to complete the following:

  • Passing grade on the TExES Superintendent Certification Exam.
  • 16 hours of graduate credit in areas of SBEC/ELCC Superintendent and District Level competency. Superintendent practicum experiences are integrated into all course work.

Program Recommendations


All advanced candidates should consult with the program coordinator, or assigned Educational Leadership advisor, to develop a degree and/or certification plan representing current SBEC competencies and ELCC standards. Substitutions of courses for the advanced candidate’s Master Degree or Principal Certification plan must follow the proper procedures of a Petition to Graduate Studies, and are subject to approval of the candidate’s advisor and the appropriate Graduate Committee. Continued consultation and advisement with the Educational Leadership faculty will insure successful completion of the Master’s degree and Principal or Superintendent Certification.

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