M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership Degree with Principal Certification

The Department of Educational Leadership offers degrees and certification programs designed to help students increase the skills and in-depth knowledge required for broader educational leadership roles in schools and school districts. A Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification is available to students interested in school leadership. In addition, the department provides post-master's coursework in preparation for state Superintendent Certification.  Additional information about educational leadership programs and contact information may be obtained at:  https://www.tamuct.edu/coe/education-leadership.html.

Basic Procedures

Graduate advisors are available to assist new students.  After the graduate committee chairs are appointed, they assist students in developing degree plans and, along with the committee members, assume responsibility for preparing students for comprehensive examinations.

To be admitted into the program, applicants must meet all standards established by the Office of Graduate Studies, meet all program requirements, and be recommended by the graduate advisor, committee chair, or the program admissions committee.

Students who meet the general requirements for conditional admission and have been recommended by the department for full admission will be permitted to pursue one of the major areas in the department. Typically, the student admitted conditionally will be required to complete 12 semester hours with a 3.25 GPA.

To remain in good standing, students who have full admission status are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students whose GPA does not meet the minimum may not enroll for additional work without special permission from the college dean.

Consideration for accepting transfer credits will be given only after a student has full admission to Graduate Studies. Credits transferred from an approved institution must meet the guidelines outlined in Limitations on Transfer and Correspondence Courses in General Requirements for the master's Degree.

Degree and Certification Programs Application and Admission Procedures

Admission to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification Program

  1. Students must complete all requirements for admission to Graduate Studies listed in the university catalog.  Students seeking certification must apply to the program before beginning coursework.

  2. For admission to the Educational Leadership Master’s Degree and Principal Certification Program, a student must submit a formal application to the Coordinator of M.Ed./Certification Programs. This application serves as a basis for admittance to the program and for advising the student with regard to general graduate and certificate requirements, coursework, and degree requirements. The application for admission to the A&M-Central Texas School Leadership Program requires that a student submit the following:

    1. three (3) letters of reference, one of which must be from the student’s current supervisor;

    2. a 500-word essay with artifacts concerning both experiences in fulfilling personal and professional leadership responsibilities as well as future career goals as an educational leader; and 

    3. documentation of at least two (2) years of teaching experience.

In addition, applicants may be required to successfully complete an assessment process that includes activities related to campus leadership.

Admission to the program does not guarantee recommendation for certification. To be recommended for certification, students must meet all program requirements and satisfy the requirements for recommendation for certification.

For information on Superintendent Certification Preparation: https://catalog.tamuct.edu/graduate-programs/graduate-certificate-preparation/


Click here to go to the handbook for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership. 

Common Course (Credits 36)

Courses that are common to all emphases may be applied to all. At least 36 hours are required for the degree.

Required Courses for MEd
EDLD 5300Foundations of Educational Leadership3
EDLD 5301Research in Educational Leadership3
EDLD 5339Processes of Educational Leadership3
EDLD 5345Leadership of Curriculum Systems3
EDLD 5309Legal Issues in School Leadership3
EDLD 5307Leadership of Human Resources3
EDLD 5316Leadership of Effective Instruction3
EDLD 5342Leadership of Campus Resources3
EDLD 5355Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities3
EDLD 5360Educational Leadership Applications3
EDLD 5392Principalship Practicum3
EDLD 5393Principalship Practicum 23
EDLD 5090Educational Leadership Comprehensive Examination0
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Comprehensive Examination Requirements:

  1. Examinees must have a degree plan on file.
  2. Examinees must complete an application.
  3. Examinees must register for the comprehensive exam course

Faculty administer examinations three times per year according to the following schedule:

  1. Second Saturday in April (Application Deadline - March 1)
  2. Second Saturday in July (Application Deadline - June 1)
  3. Second Saturday in November (Application Deadline - October 1)

Note: Permission from the graduate advisor, the Dean of the College of Education, and the Director of Graduate Studies is required for faculty to administer the examination at any time other than the regularly scheduled dates. 

Course Information and Schedule

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate the principles of School Culture to establish and implement a shared vision and culture of high expectations.

  2. Apply principles of Leading Learning to ensure students receive high-quality instruction.

  3. Demonstrate principles of Human Capital to ensure faculty and staff are of the highest quality.

  4. Employ the principles of Executive Leadership to model a consistent focus on and commitment to improving student learning.

  5. Interpret the principles of Strategic Operations to implement systems that align with the vision and improve the quality of instruction.

  6. Employ the principles of Ethics, Equity, and Diversity to implement policies to manage educational environments.


Click here to go to the handbook for the Masters of Education in Educational Leadership.