Educational Leadership and Policy

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Educational Leadership and Policy
#5 Ranked Program by U.S. News & World Report

Leadership in Education

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy has a legacy of excellence in training scholars, practitioners, and educational leaders for PK-12 public schools, higher education, and the P-16 policy arena. We prepare a diverse cadre of change-makers who go on to serve as superintendents, school principals, professors, researchers, and student affairs professionals. Our award-winning faculty, nationally-recognized graduate programs, and highly regarded research centers focus on educational leadership and policy through equity and social justice lens.

Our department consists of two program areas that offer master’s and doctoral degree concentrations in specific fields: the Program in Higher Education Leadership and the Public School Executive Leadership Program.

Research

Our collective research work as a department spans both K-12 and higher education issues, and the impact of our research contributions is evident at the state and national levels.


Graduate Programs

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Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership

Through research across departments within the university, students gain first-hand experience into effective applications, policies, and leadership skills used in academia by faculty and staff.

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Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

Students will learn competencies in social justice, equity, research, organization, and technology that contribute to aspects of a qualified educational leader through a flexible program focused on career development.

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M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership

Students are prepared for careers in areas such as student housing, leadership development, fundraising, financial aid, admissions, health education, and similar programs in higher education institutions.

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Cooperative Superintendency Program

This program prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and real-world experiences to provide direction within a dynamic educational landscape as superintendents or executive leaders.

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Education Policy and Planning Program

Through vigorous coursework and innovative research, students examine important topics and issues in public schools to better inform policies that benefit all students.

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Texas Principal Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a 15-month master’s program designed to prepare graduates to be leaders of socially just, equitable, and high-achieving public schools.

Feature Stories

Q&A with Victor Saenz

Q&A with Victor Sáenz

Victor Sáenz discusses how changing the department’s name from Educational Administration better reflects the dynamic field, and what’s happening within the department and in the educational leadership and policy arena.

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Race-Conscious Admissions Bans Reach Further than the Classroom

Associate Professor Liliana Garces examines how bans on race-conscious admissions policies are diminishing the proportion of students of color who are enrolling in medical schools.

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What Do Movies and TV Tell Us about Higher Education?

Assistant Professor of Practice Beth Bukoski and doctoral student Alden Jones created and taught Pop Culture in Higher Education. Here, they’ve written about what pop culture gets right, as well as where those depictions fall short of reality.