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We have two teams to help you through the process.

General questions prior to applying can be directed to our Graduate Recruiters.

Once you have applied, questions about the application process should then be directed to our Graduate Processors.

Graduate Recruiters: Located in the Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.01.52

Office Hours: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Monday, Wendesday and Friday - virtual office hours
Tuesday and Thursday - in-person


Contact Us:

Email: Grad.Recruitment@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4331
Fax: (210) 458-4332

Book an appointment with a recruiter in-person or virtually .

Graduate Processors: Located in the Flawn Sciences Building 1.01.05

Office Hours: 8 A.M.–12 P.M.

Tuesday and Thursday - in-person


Contact Us:

Email: Graduate.admissions@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-
Fax: (210) 458-

Send Official Transcripts to: graduate.documents@utsa.edu

Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Spring 2022 can be Uploaded here! (requires UTSA
student ID in the form of abc123) if they have not been submitted as part of your application.

Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 must be uploaded directly to the application.


Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

Emphasis in K-12 School Administration

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership provides students interested in school administration with the necessary tools to provide leadership in K-12 educational institutions.

Why pursue an Educational Leadership 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.
  • Degree emphases: Educational Leadership, Educational Policy, and Teacher Leadership.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
 Other Degree Requirements Applicants who lack appropriate academic background (e.g., Texas teaching certification) may be admitted conditionally, and specific coursework will be required to address their deficiency.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae A resume showing applicant's teaching experience. Applicants must also be engaged in leadership activities outside the classroom.
 Letters of Recommendation Not Required.
 Statement of Purpose Applicants must submit a one page statement of purpose that provides (1) the applicant's reasons for pursuing this graduate degree, (2) indication of emphasis area, and (3) career plans after obtaining the degree.
 Test Scores Not Required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, info@foreigncredentials.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.

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 

  • 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: Jo Ann Jones

Email: joann.jones@utsa.edu

Telephone: (210) 458-6620

Graduate Advisor of Record: Juan Manuel Niño, Ph.D.

Email: juan.nino@utsa.edu  

Telephone: (210) 458-5840

Degree Website: Learn more about this program here.

Degree Catalog Link: http://catalog.utsa.edu/graduate/educationhumandevelopment/educationalleadershippolicystudies/

Funding Opportunities

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.