Educational Leadership

Earn your MEd in Educational Leadership in just 30 credit hours, 10 courses and 100% online. Benefit from unmatched faculty mentorship and flexible 7- and 16-week online courses (fall/spring) or 5- and 10-week online courses in summer. 

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Degree Plan

Educational Leadership Program Features

  • 100% online
  • Flexible 7- and 16-week courses (fall/spring) and 5- and 10-week courses (summer)
  • One-on-one faculty advising
  • Faculty mentorship for PASL exam
  • TExES Prep Center resources for PAIL exam
  • Discounted TPESS, TTESS and AEL trainings
  • Pass state exams before internship to ensure the ability to start a position immediately upon graduation
  • 21 hours of coursework can transfer to PhD in Education, Leadership, and Organization

The M.Ed. 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).

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.

Developing leaders in the future of education

TWU stands alone with faculty engagement. Professors know your professional and educational goals and help you develop a plan to meet them. They hold you accountable to high standards and stretch your thinking to develop you into a strategic school administrator ready for any challenge. TWU develops educators able to shape the future of education. Aaron Turrubiarte

Career Opportunities in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership online program produces leaders skilled in promoting learning in a culturally diverse society. TWU's comprehensive program:

  • Prepares you for K-12, higher education and other educational settings
  • Helps you define and build environments 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

An online MEd in Educational Leadership from TWU, prepares leaders to become:

  • Instructional supervisors
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Program directors
  • Professional development specialists

Certification-Only Programs

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

Principal Certification Plan
Superintendent Certification Plan

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 M.Ed. in Educational Leadership or Principal/Superintendent Certificates

How to Apply

There are two steps to apply for our program:

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

Note. We cannot begin reviewing your application until you complete both steps.

Program Contact

Amanda Hurlbut, Ph.D.

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.

Contact Information

Amanda Hurlbut, Ph.D.

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

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