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Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (M.Ed.) K-12 School Administrators

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies K-12 School Administrator Concentration provides students with the educational tools necessary to provide leadership in K-12 educational institutions.

Why pursue an Educational Leadership - K-12 School Administrator degree at UTSA?

  • We keep in mind that many of our graduate students work full time, therefore, all of our courses are after 5:00 PM during the Spring and Fall Semesters and are located at both the main and downtown campuses.
  • During their last semester in the program, our Educational Leadership students attend two free workshops to help them prepare for the TExES State Principal Exam and take a free practice TExES exam. These workshops are one of the reasons that our students have such a high passing rate for the state exam.
  • Our faculty has close connections and works closely with local school districts, superintendents and principals, and our graduates hold positions ranging from assistant principal to superintendent in greater Bexar County school districts.

Degree Requirements

  • Degree candidates are required to successfully complete a 36-semester-credit-hour program.  
  • The candidate is required to pass a comprehensive examination.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements, please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • If an applicant’s GPA is between 2.7 and 2.99, probationary admission may be granted and the student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of coursework.
  • A Resume is required indicating the applicant's teaching experience. The department requires applicants to attach a resume to their application.
  • Letters of Recommendation and Statement of Purpose are not required.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
  • Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Career Options Available for a M.Ed. Educational Leadership Graduate: Assistant Principal, Principal, District Level Curriculum Coordinators and Leaders, Assistant and Deputy Superintendents, Other Central Office Administrative Positions, and Superintendent (providing they obtain Superintendent Certification), etc.

Research taking place in the M.Ed. Educational Leadership -K-12 School Administrator program

  • Our students and faculty use a variety of research methods: quantitative, ethnographic, discourse analysis, and mixed methods. Students are engaged in studying topics like servant leadership, administrator burnout, high school social processes including organizational climate, trust, collective efficacy, principal influence, and its relationship to school achievement, induction program for new teachers, what successful new teachers do to stay in the profession, issues of education law and policy, along with program evaluations of specific programs.
  • Students gain extensive theoretical knowledge of educational practices and emerging paradigms of organizational leadership. The curriculum emphasizes coursework designed to develop, analyze and evaluate educational programs, school personnel, and effective system practices.

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Elisha Reynolds
Telephone: (210) 458-6620

Graduate Advisor of Report: Curtis Brewer


Telephone: (210) 458-5404

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • All of our courses run from 6 PM to 8:45 PM Monday through Thursday during the Fall and Spring Semesters. During the Summer Semester, our courses run throughout the day as many of our students are teachers and work less in the summer.