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Educational Leadership

Master's Degree Program


Graduate Opportunities

The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership focuses on the skills and knowledge required for campus-level and central office administration careers.

At the University of North Texas, you can earn a masterís degree and principal certification simultaneously or, if you already have a masterís degree, you can complete course work for certification only.

We stress effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment in all of our courses. You use theory and research to make decisions and apply your learning to real-world situations.

Courses are presented in an accelerated online format, consisting of classes that last eight weeks. You can earn a masterís degree and principal certificate in one year.

Strong support system

An important goal for our program is to provide a collegial, supportive environment for learning and guidance. Each student is assigned an advisor who provides information about program requirements, principal certification requirements, transfer courses, future considerations for doctoral work and other important information.

Our faculty members emphasize the best in learning and leadership practices and promote realworld applications of those practices. We strive to model leadership and develop administrators who can successfully lead schools in todayís diverse and dynamic educational environment.

Outstanding resources

Faculty members have held various school leadership positions, including principal and superintendent, and are involved in research on education law, leadership, policy implementation, professional learning communities, public school finance and reform initiatives.

Superintendents, assistant superintendents and principals work with our regular faculty members to incorporate real-world experiences in our classes. Faculty members work closely with school districts and regional Education Service Centers and participate in various partnership activities.

Each year, we host a leadership conference and sponsor other conferences and seminars that provide information, skills and networking opportunities for practicing administrators.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466-7496). This distinction means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of the stateís top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.

Attending UNT

Masterís program

Admission requirements

You must be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate Schoolģ and to the degree program.

The following items need to be submitted to the Educational Leadership program office. We conduct a holistic review of the items to determine admissions.

  • Completed program application form (A link to the form is at coe.unt.edu/tea using the graduate programs link.)
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor
  • Rťsumť or curriculum vitae
  • Written essay describing reasons for seeking a masterís degree, relevant educational experiences and strengths and qualities that will make you a successful educational leader

More details about program requirements are at coe.unt.edu/tea using the graduate programs and Educational Leadership links.

Degree requirements

  • 30 semester hours of online course work
  • Professional portfolio completed in the last course

If you have completed other masterís-level courses, you may be able to transfer some courses to the program. You can meet with an advisor to determine the transferability of courses, which cannot be more than six years old when you complete the masterís degree.

Students who complete a masterís degree must take one extra course (an internship course) to be eligible for principal certification.

Principal certification only

Students who already have a masterís degree in another area are eligible to pursue principal certification only. You complete a certification plan in consultation with a Masterís Degree/Principal Certification Advisor. The advisor determines the courses needed for the certificate and the transferability of courses. Course work that will be more than seven years old when the certificate requirements are completed will not count toward certification. Transfer hours must be at the 5000-level or higher.

Admission requirements

You must be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate Schoolģ and complete a program application. The graduate school requirements are outlined at gradschool.unt.edu. The program application is available at coe.unt.edu/tea by clicking on the certifications programs link.

Certification and course requirements

  • Two years of classroom teaching experience in an accredited EC-12 school
  • Completion of seven Educational Leadership courses, including the internship course
  • Passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES)
  • Teaching certificate

Probationary certificate requirements

The probationary certificate is valid for one calendar year and can be issued if you meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in our Educational Leadership program
  • Completed our EDAD 5330, 5390, 5400 and 5630 courses
  • Employed or offered employment as an assistant principal, principal or other supervisory position requiring a principal certificate

The probationary certificate can be reissued for two additional calendar years if you are still enrolled in our program and are employed in an appropriate administrator position. Mentoring and supervision are required throughout the validity period of the probationary certificate.

In addition, the state requires a completed Statement of Eligibility form from UNT and the school district granting the probationary certificate. You must apply through the Texas Education Agency.

Financial assistance

The College of Education offers scholarships to help graduate students pursue their education.Other financial assistance programs are also available.