The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy offers graduate programs that develop thought leaders and administrators for public school, college and university settings. These master’s and doctoral programs focus on current and important topics, and the policies that positively influence modern education.

Students are prepared to become leaders and role models, with extensive leadership and policy knowledge gained through research alongside faculty. Each program has a focus on diversity and equity of education for all students at all levels of education. Graduate students learn the importance of collaboration between administrators and their educational community that promotes successful learning and opportunity.

Graduate Programs

An interdisciplinary approach to course work enables students to tailor the program of study to fit their interests while building sound theoretical foundations, self-reflection practices and practical experiences.

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

The Texas Principal Leadership Academy (TPLA) is a 12-month master’s program designed to prepare graduates to take the Principal as Instructional Leader EC-12 exam and become leaders of socially just, equitable and high-achieving public schools in Texas. This program starts in the summer semester only.

The Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) is devoted to the scholarly study of higher education, its students and institutions, and its place in society. This program prepares, trains and educates students to become researchers in academia and the private sector. 

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.

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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Jennifer Holme
Graduate Advisor

Kelsey Samsel
Graduate Coordinator

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