M.Ed. Educational Leadership

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/graduate/educational-leadership.html

Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development 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 the many areas of school leadership. Additional information about educational leadership programs and contact information may be obtained at:  https://www.tamuct.edu/coe/education-leadership.html.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  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.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the M.Ed. Educational Leadership major by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • A minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) overall or in the last 60 hours to include semester where the 60th hour occurred.
  • Graduate School admission.
  • Completed application packet.
  • Interview.
  • Valid Teaching Certificate.
  • Two years creditable service as a teacher of record at a TEA approved site.
  • Letter of Intent to pursue certification.
  • Letter of Reference from principal or immediate supervisor.
  • Professional Scenario Response.

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.

Master of Education - Educational Leadership with Principal Certification Program Requirements

All courses applicable to the program must be attained, at least 30 hours are required for the degree.

EDLD 5300Foundations of Educational Leadership3
EDLD 5301Research in Educational Leadership3
EDLD 5339Processes of Educational Leadership 13
EDLD 5345Leadership of Learning Systems 13
EDLD 5309Legal Issues in School Leadership 13
EDLD 5316Leadership of Effective Instruction 13
EDLD 5342Leadership of Campus Resources 13
EDLD 5355Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities 13
EDLD 5392Principalship Practicum 13
EDLD 5393Principalship Practicum 2 13
EDLD 5090Educational Leadership Comprehensive Examination0
Total Credit Hours30
Comprehensive Examination Requirements:
  1. Examinees must have a degree plan on file.
  2. Examinees must register for the comprehensive exam course.

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

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

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

Courses

EDLD 5090. Educational Leadership Comprehensive Examination. 0 Credit Hours.

Study for and take the educational leadership exam for non-thesis students. Non-thesis students should register for the comprehensive examination during their final semester of graduate coursework, or upon permission of advisor. All comprehensive examinations will be written, but an oral component may also be required. A maximum of three attempts will be allowed. Thesis students do not take this examination.

EDLD 5198. Educational Leadership Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours.

Prepare for and write the educational leadership thesis for graduate students. Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all other coursework required for the degree and consent of the major professor or permission of department chair.

EDLD 5300. Foundations of Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

Study lenses of power, influence, ethics, and leadership theory. Compare personal diagnoses of leadership, learning, and personality strengths to the knowledge and skill set needed for leadership of prek-12 schools. Prerequisite(s): Approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5301. Research in Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

Study the fundamentals of research with emphasis on research terminology, design, methodology, data collection, ethics, psychometric measurement qualities, and quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. Develop research and evaluation skills necessary to become critical consumers and producers of research in prek-12 schools. Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL), a state-required teacher appraiser certification course, is included. $100 AEL certificate fee. Prerequisite(s): Approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5307. Leadership of Human Resources. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff in prek-12 schools. Study effective supervisory and evaluation approaches for the development of a continuous improvement learning culture for faculty and staff. The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), a state-required teacher appraiser certification course, is included. $100 T-TESS certificate fee. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5309. Legal Issues in School Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

Explore legal issues impacting the administration of prek-12 schools. Understand the ethical application of legal principles found in relevant constitutional, statutory, administrative, and case law. Learn how these laws and principles determine operation, organization, and administration of prek-12 schools. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship of state and federal law. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5310. Special Educational Law. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine the legal framework for special education in the United States. Understand federal constitutional provisions, federal and state statutes, and federal and state judicial decisions affecting special education, including the rules and regulations for the various federal and state agencies.

EDLD 5316. Leadership of Effective Instruction. 3 Credit Hours.

The study of effective teaching and learning practices. Develop effective instructional practice in prek-12 schools with use of data analysis, research-based instructional strategies, special programs support, technology integration, and teacher collaboration. Special emphasis on maintaining a continuous improvement cycle to ensure equity and engagement of all students. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5317. Public School Finance and Fiscal Management. 3 Credit Hours.

Study the principles of school finance, budgeting, and accounting procedures used in school districts. Special emphasis is placed on the development of a working knowledge of the history of school finance, current and emerging financial issues, litigation, budget development, fiscal policy, and accountability. Prerequisite(s): EDLD 5318 and EDLD 5336 or permission of department chair. Certification Fee - $150.

EDLD 5318. Administrative Law and Personnel Administration. 3 Credit Hours.

A comprehensive study of public school law as it relates to contractual and at-will personnel. Emphasis is placed on advertising, interviewing, selecting, and evaluating personnel. Special attention is given to Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines, Federal Right to Privacy Act, employee contracts, induction, and recordkeeping. Prerequisite(s): Superintendent Certificate Program admission or permission of department chair.

EDLD 5319. The School Superintendency. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine the roles and responsibilities of the chief school administrator. Emphasis is placed on the range of leadership skills that executive leadership utilize to work with the community, school board, professional staff, and students in development of a capacity-building culture and district vision. Prerequisite(s): EDLD 5318 and EDLD 5336 or permission of department chair.

EDLD 5335. Educational Planning and Resource Development. 3 Credit Hours.

Develop a sustainable leadership process and examine the role of leadership in educational planning. Study strategic planning and the use of district’s major administrative systems and resources to fulfill organizational goals. Prerequisite(s): EDLD 5317, EDLD 5318, EDLD 5319 and EDLD 5338 or permission of department chair.

EDLD 5336. Instructional Development and School Improvement. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine state policy affecting instructional improvement on public school campuses. Special emphasis is placed on results-based accountability systems. Explore curriculum planning and evaluation, professional development, student assessment, and data analysis utilized to develop and sustain a learning system that meets the needs of all students. Prerequisite(s): Superintendent Certificate Program admission or permission of department chair.

EDLD 5339. Processes of Educational Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

Study effective organizational processes in prek-12 schools. Special emphasis on learning organization strategies, exemplary leadership practices, and collaborative action tools, in order to support the development of a flexible and creative culture continuously engaged in school improvement. Certification fee: $150. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5340. School-Community Relationships. 3 Credit Hours.

Systems of interpretation of schools to community publics. Promotion of effective school-community relations through media of communication.

EDLD 5342. Leadership of Campus Resources. 3 Credit Hours.

The study of school resources in support of school improvement. In addition, candidates will study effective supervisory and evaluation approaches for the development of a continuous improvement learning culture for faculty and staff. An integrated continuous improvement system supported by optimal allocation of financial, human, technological, facility, time, and other campus resources provides the focus for development of a safe and engaging school learning environment. The purpose of this course is to provide aspiring principals with the opportunity to apply their program learning as they build skill in organizing the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of continuous school improvement. An integrated continuous improvement system – the School Portfolio – supported by optimal allocation of financial, human, technological, facility, time, and other campus resources provides the focus for development of a safe and engaging school learning environment. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5345. Leadership of Learning Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Study learning systems in prek-12 schools. Develop and implement coherent processes that are responsive to unique student needs, establish a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement, align academic standards across grade levels and subject areas, and ensure academic success and social-emotional well-being for each student. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5355. Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities. 3 Credit Hours.

Study diverse prek-12 school communities with an emphasis on ethical issues dealing with leadership, governance, and policy development. Develop processes for identifying and ameliorating issues associated with demographic and cultural differences. Learn to facilitate internal and external community engagement to achieve equity and excellence within the school system. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5360. Educational Leadership Applications. 3 Credit Hours.

Apply leadership theory to campus leadership practice. Analyze critical issues in school leadership through the integration of the roles of the principal with professional experience. Master’s degree comprehensive exam and state principal certification exam/performance assessment preparation are included. Prerequisite(s): Admission to program and approval of program coordinator. Important Note: All students enrolled in EDLD 5360 must enroll in EDLD 5090 Comprehensive Exam zero-credit hour course.

EDLD 5388. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problems are chosen by the student and approved in advance by the instructor. Prerequisite(s): Full admission into the Office of Graduate Studies and a graduate degree or certification program.

EDLD 5389. Special Topics In Educ Admin. 3 Credit Hours.

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in Educational Administration and leadership. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

EDLD 5391. Superintendency Practicum. 3 Credit Hours.

Demonstrate competent professional practice through supervised activities in the culminating experience for the Superintendent Certificate Program. Implement an action plan for professional growth and school district improvement based on state standards and leadership practices. For satisfactory completion of practicum requirements, course may be repeated one time. Only 3 semester hours of coursework can be used to satisfy certification requirements. Field experience fee - $75. Prerequisite(s): EDLD 5317, EDLD 5318 and EDLD 5319 or permission of program coordinator.

EDLD 5392. Principalship Practicum. 3 Credit Hours.

The Principalship Practicum 1 course is delivered the first semester of the two-semester practicum experience. Candidates in the course will demonstrate competent professional practice through supervised activities in the culminating experience for the MEd/Principal Certificate program. Candidates will also implement an action plan for professional growth and school improvement based on state standards and leadership practices. For satisfactory completion of practicum requirements, course may be repeated one time. Field experience fee - $75. Prerequisite(s): Admission into program and approval of program coordinator.

EDLD 5393. Principalship Practicum 2. 3 Credit Hours.

The Principalship Practicum 2 course is delivered the second semester of the two-semester practicum experience. Candidates in the course will demonstrate competent professional practice through supervised activities in the culminating experience for the MEd/Principal Certificate program. Candidates will also implement an action plan for professional growth and school improvement based on state standards and leadership practices. For satisfactory completion of practicum requirements, course may be repeated one time. Field experience fee - $75. Prerequisite(s): Admission into program and approval of program coordinator.