Educational Leadership

Do you see yourself in a leadership position in education? Our Educational Leadership program prepares leaders who are skilled in promoting learning in a culturally diverse society. We provide a comprehensive program that:

  • Prepares candidates for K-12, higher education and other educational settings
  • Assists candidates in defining and building environments that are conducive to learning
  • Provides a rigorous, critical investigation of what is and what ought to be in schools
  • Prepares and develops educational leaders in areas of scholarship and public service
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Master’s Degree (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program prepares individuals to serve as instructional supervisors, principals, assistant principals, program directors, and professional development specialists. This degree also leads to principal certification pending successful completion of coursework, internship, and passing of the state certification exam.

Degree Plan for M.Ed. in Educational Leadership


The MEd in Educational Leadership, the principal certification program and the superintendent certification program prepare educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency).

Admission Requirements

Students interested in any Educational Leadership programs need to apply to the TWU Graduate School and send documents directly to the Department of Teacher Education, as indicated below.

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Send Required Document to the Department of Teacher Education

How to Apply

    1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School (see above).
    2. Send required documents to the Department of Teacher Education by completing this application (allow moment for application to load)

Program Contact

Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Ph.D.
940-898-2447
ltrujillojenks@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall – August 1
Spring – December 1
Summer – May 1

Admission Requirements

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of study

For additional information about the program, please see the Department of Teacher Education. For additional information about obtaining educator certification for candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree, please contact TWU’s Office of Educator Preparation Services and visit the Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teaching Certification websites.

Fulfilling the requirements for the Principal as Instructional Leader certification (whether in a standalone program or within the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership) includes successfully passing the PAIL 268 examinations and PASL 368 examinations prior to completing ELDR 6613 (Internship for the Principal). The practicum and tasks associated with the PASL require access to and time spent on a TEA-accredited school campus; identifying and securing campus principal support and opportunity for PASL task and practicum completion is the responsibility of the student. Find more information about our testing policy here.

Certification-Only Programs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growing need for principals and superintendents as school enrollments continue to increase. The Department of Teacher Education and the Educational Leadership Program offer coursework leading to recommendation for Texas Principal Certification and Texas Superintendent Certification.

Plan for Principal Certification Only

Plan for Superintendent Certification Only

The M.Ed. and certification-only options are offered in a hybrid format and also may be completed at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC). Please contact Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Ph.D., for more information.

More information about state requirements for principal and superintendent certification can be found on the Texas Education Agency website.

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