The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies offers this degree program.
Is this program for me?
The Master’s Program in Administration and Supervision provides a strong foundation of knowledge, skills, real world experience, and innovative research to prepare students to be educational leaders. Graduates fill an important need in the community, serving in diverse positions in both public and private educational institutions. The degree fulfills requirements for the Texas Standard Principal Certificate. However, graduates also pursue positions across the educational community and in business settings.
The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year consisting of one Spring, Summer, and Fall semester terms consecutively.
Note: This program only accepts applicants in the Spring Semester. Please refer to the Program and Deadline Guide for more information.
What will I learn?
The Administration & Supervision program develops professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Through specialized coursework, preparing for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Principal (068), and clinical –based internships, students will have the ability to:
- Work in complex, ambiguous, fast-paced, and often-uncertain contexts unique to schools.
- Have a high commitment to the safety and dignity of students.
- Maintain a strong work ethic and a desire “to get things done”.
- Understand the professional knowledge base for school administration and use it to think reflectively, critically and creatively in dealing with problems and dilemmas.
- Show confidence in self to (a) be an independent learner, (b) act on informed intuition, (c) know that seldom are there absolutely right answers to the endless situations encountered, and (d) be able to live with the consequences of independent actions.
- Exhibit leadership with students, teachers, support staff, parents, and other community members to build and maintain a learning community within the school district and community.
- Recognize the moral dimensions of schooling and maintain a high level of caring and ethics in motives, judgments, and interpersonal behavior.
Specialized coursework in administration and supervision is offered which includes:
- Instructional leadership and supervision
- Public and community relations
- Educational law and policy
- Computer applications
- Public school finance and budgeting
- Educational statistics and research
- Assessing and building a positive school climate and culture
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision.
Unique features of this program
- All faculty, including adjunct professors, have experience as campus and/or district leadership
- Program designed to be completed in one calendar year
- An internship course is embedded into the curriculum each semester; the supervising mentor is compensated with a stipend (restrictions apply)
What can I do with my degree?
The program prepares graduates for academic leadership positions in public and non-public settings. It prepares professionals to work in a variety of roles as educators and mid to high-level administrative positions in:
- K-12 schools,
- Community colleges
- Technical schools
- Adult schools
- Educational agencies
Graduates of the M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision may pursue the following careers:
- Community College Professor
- School Principal
- Assistant School Principal
- K-12 School Administrator
- K-12 Team Leader
- K-12 Department Chair
To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist.