The UT Principalship Program (UTAPP) is an academic concentration within the Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL) program. Students earn a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree that provides the opportunity to pursue a career as a principal or an administrator in school leadership, as the program differentiates the curriculum to support the development and preparation for elementary, middle, and high school principals with a focus on equity and social justice leadership.
The UT Principalship Program strives to
- Develop school leaders who are committed to eradicating inequities in schools for all children, especially those who have been historically underserved;
- Prepare school leaders who anchor their practice in social justice leadership, especially in topics relating to race, class, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other historically and currently marginalized conditions; and
- Provide powerful learning experiences in their communities and districts to demonstrate national and state educational professional learning standards through a social justice and critical lens.
As students pursue their degrees, they will conduct an in-depth analysis of a local school to identify areas of need utilizing quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Students also will complete extensive research to determine how to best address these needs. This authentic experience launches master’s students into the world of scholarly research and school leadership – an optimal blend of theory and practice.
Upon completion of their course work and participatory action research project, students will be qualified to take the principal certification exam and to serve a community as a campus leader.