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 master's degree and principal certification simultaneously or, if you already have a master's 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 master's degree and principal as instructional leader 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 real-world applications of those practices. We strive to model leadership and develop administrators who can successfully lead schools in today's 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 state's top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.

Attending UNT

Master's program

Admission requirements

You must be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School® 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 using the graduate programs link.)
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae, reflecting EC-12 teaching experience
  • Written essay describing reasons for seeking a master's degree, relevant educational experiences in diverse educational environments, and strengths and qualities that will make you a successful educational leader

More details about program requirements are at using the graduate programs and Educational Leadership links.

Degree requirements

  • 30 semester hours of online course work (including one practicum course)

If you have completed other master's-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 master's degree.

Students who complete a master's degree must take one extra course (an advanced practicum) and pass Texas Education Agency certification assessments to be eligible for principal as instructional leader certification.

Principal as Instructional Leader Certification only

Students who already have a master's degree in another area are eligible to pursue principal certification only. You complete a certification plan in consultation with a Master's 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 five 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 School® and complete a program application. The graduate school requirements are outlined at The program application is available at by clicking on the certifications programs link.

Certification and course requirements

  • Two years of experience as the teacher of record in accredited EC-12 schools
  • Completion of seven Educational Leadership courses, including the practicum courses
  • Passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES)
  • Passing score on the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL)
  • Teaching certificate

Financial assistance

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


William Camp, Professor; Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. School law; finance.

Wesley Edwards, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Teacher and school leader career trajectories, school organizational work environments, and the politics and policy of educational leadership.

R. Jefferson George, Senior Lecturer, Ph.D, University of North Texas, Organizational theory and school reform, online pedagogy, educational research and design.

Johnetta Hudson, Visiting Professor; Ph.D., Indiana State University. Race, class and gender issues in education; leadership development utilizing technology.

Barbara Pazey, Associate Professor; Ph.D., the University of Texas at Austin. Qualitative and mixed-methods research with a focus on the development of equity-oriented leadership and preparation programs; analysis of P-12 education programs within urban and/or turnaround school settings; education and dis/ability policy and reform; the intersectionality of ability, race, class, gender, language, spirituality, and other areas of diversity and identity; and the empowerment of voice in the context of educational improvement and the development of students’ 21st century skills.

Brenda Rubio

Linda Stromberg, Principal Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Preparation of school principals; educational leadership; development and implementation of online and hybrid/blended courses.

Robert Voelkel, Jr., Assistant Professor; Ed.D., University of California, San Diego. School reform, professional learning communities and teacher collective efficacy, transformational leadership, and social justice and the relationship between professional learning communities and collective efficacy.

Stephen Waddell, Visiting Professor, Ed.D., University of North Texas, Superintendent leadership, educational policy, instructional leadership.

Lok-sze Wong

Find more information about our Educational Leadership faculty.