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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 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 Requirements and Deadlines
- 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.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete 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.
- Other: None.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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.