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Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Online

16 Months

30 Credit Hours

$8,200 Tuition

7 Week Courses

Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (M.Ed.) Online

Quick Facts

16 Months

30 Credit Hours

$8,200 Tuition

7 Week Courses

About the Program

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with Principal Certification was collaboratively developed by The University of Texas at Arlington and area school districts to instill the skills and background needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This non-thesis principal certification program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

This M.Ed. online program is offered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and is designed so that students can build upon their existing expertise with progressive skills that can increase student achievement, improve teacher performance and increase organizational effectiveness of schools and higher education institutions.

This program is approved by The University of Texas System and Higher Education Coordinating Board, and is fully accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification.

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information.

Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements. Students in this program must also purchase Tk20 as part of their course materials for a one-time non-refundable cost of $100 plus tax and fees. It may be purchased online.

Certificate Information

Texas Residents

The Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is an approved educator preparation program in Texas. To be eligible to receive the Standard Texas Principal Certificate, you must:

  • hold a master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency, as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  • hold a valid Texas classroom teaching certificate;
  • have two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher;
  • successfully complete an approved Texas principal educator preparation program, which includes a supervised practicum in an accredited Texas public school or other school approved by the Texas Education Agency;
  • successfully complete Texas required exams.

Out of State Residents

Out of state students seeking certification in their home state must review the requirements for licensure with their home state education agency to determine if completion of the Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UTA will lead to licensure in their home state.

Accreditation Information


Our College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and numerous national organizations as the accrediting body for universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in P-12 schools. NCATE ensures that accredited institutions hold high standards and produce competent, caring, and highly qualified educators and administrators who have proven they can support the learning of all students.

To find out more, contact an enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.

“The program was excellent...I would recommend it to anybody.”

Edward Woolcock

UTA 2012 Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Graduate


Online Courses

Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course carousel indicating the course sequence will be provided. Please be aware that courses may be pushed back to the next start date if there is an insufficient number of enrolled students. Our expectation is that all students will enroll in courses as indicated on the carousel and that the program will be completed in a reasonable time frame.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide prospective educational administrators job-related experiences under supervision in an appropriate educational setting. An approved professional study is designed in relationship to the intern's interest and past experiences. A student portfolio will be started which will run throughout all courses in the program and will contain documentation of a student’s internship activities and work. It is the first course in the program for every student.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of theory and research in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation is the focus in this course. There is also an emphasis on current trends in the content areas.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of basic concepts and procedures necessary for analyzing, designing, and conducting quantitative and qualitative educational studies. Topics include familiarization with educational journals, associations, funding agencies, accreditation procedures, program evaluation, sampling procedures, data collection, and statistical analyses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course there is an examination of current research on effective instructional organizations and classroom instruction in today's schools, on characteristics of school leadership, and on the role and function of the teacher as instructional leader. Topics include the essential components of instruction, developing instructional-management systems, evaluating student and teacher performance, assisting colleagues to monitor and improve instructional skills, school climate and leadership styles as they impact school improvement.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Leadership theories and the practice of leadership serve to focus this course designed to prompt self-awareness as a school leader.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Effective leadership, instruction, and management strategies for work in diverse educational settings. Designed to provide self-awareness and insight into issues of diversity such as culture, ethnicity, exceptionality, gender, language, and socioeconomic status. Demographic issues along with urban and suburban educational settings will also be addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasized in this course are the legal foundation of public education, political theory, and application of political skills in working with school personnel, students, parents, and community organizations. The role of the law, court rulings, and the politics of school governance at the federal, state, and local levels will be addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Addressed in this course is the role of the campus leader in the leadership, organization and administration of schools. An emphasis will be placed on continuous school improvement. The importance of the concepts of the principal as scholar-practitioner and proactive leader will be stressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

School finance, as well as auxiliary areas of resource management, will be addressed. The emphasis will be on the use of technology, alternative models of financing and budgeting, and sources of revenue from the federal, state, and local levels as well as from private sources. The course is designed to assist administrators in developing an understanding of the functions, operation, and evaluation of auxiliary services which support the educational program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Successful completion of the Capstone Internship will fulfill the comprehensive examination requirements for the graduate degree and result in the completion of the professional portfolio and research project. This course is the last one in the program for every student.



All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master's program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Per §227.10, the minimum overall grade point average is 2.5 or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement should consult with the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate advisor to determine if there are extenuating circumstances by which they might be admitted. Please note that out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of a program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants to the University of Texas at Arlington Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies online program are typically offered unconditional admission if they meet these requirements:

  • Current GRE score of 144 on quantitative section and 153 on verbal section
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 average on all graduate work.
  • Completed recommendation forms (Download the Letter of Reference form (.pdf)) from three persons who can assess the applicant's aptitude, academic skills and abilities needed for success in the Educational Leadership and Policies Studies master's program.

Prior to admission, Texas applicants seeking Principal, Reading Specialist or Superintendent certification/licensure must submit:

Access or create your TEA ID# through your Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) account. View information to create or login to your TEAL account to receive your TEA ID#

Texas Teacher and/or Texas Administrator Certificate
Print and provide a copy of your Texas Teacher and/or Texas Administrator Certificate, go to the TEA Certificate Lookup page and then click on "Certificate Lookup."

Number of years of teaching and/or administrative years of experience
For documentation of teacher and/or administrative years of experience, request all of your Texas official teacher or administrative service record(s) from your school district's Human Resource's Office.

Background Check Information
Educators beginning a graduate accelerated online program leading to Texas certification/licensure must meet background check requirements.

Probationary Admission

Applicants who score less than 144 on the quantitative and 153 on the verbal section of the GRE will be considered for probationary admission on the basis of the following:

  • 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or 3.0 GOA overall for undergraduate OR a 3.0 average on 9 credit hours of graduate work
  • Professionally relevant experience
  • Writing sample evaluated by the COEd Graduate Studies Committee. When available, the GRE writing sample will be required for probationary admission.

Terms of Probation upon Acceptance: All students admitted under probation status will be required to earn a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program, with no grade lower than a "B." Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the program.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admissions requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

An applicant's admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional and probationary admission have not been met. In addition, if a student has been suspended or expelled from the University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons, that student may be denied admission or readmission to an educator preparation program in the accelerated online Master of Education programs.

Student Requirements

After being admitted and after completing any probationary period, students must meet the following:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to continue in this graduate program

  • Complete all pre-graduation requirements before registering in the Capstone course

Additionally, since certification requirements vary among states, students should ensure they are in compliance with these requirements to ensure eligibility for school administrator licensure in their state.



Affordability You Can Count On at UTA

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program
Master of Education $273.33 $819.99 $8,200

Tuition Guarantee

The tuition deadline is the Friday (by 11:59 PM CT) before the course begins. If tuition is not paid before the deadline, you will be dropped from your course(s).

For more information about registration and tuition deadlines, please visit Registration and Payment information for Accelerated Online Programs.

If you plan to use the UTA website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance at any time. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817.272.2172 for additional information regarding payment.


All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

Application Fees

A non-refundable fee as indicated below is required:

  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants with NO foreign college or university course work: $40
  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants WITH foreign college or university course work: $90
  • H1B International Applicants: $90

Reactivation Fees

To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.


$40 for the first diploma, $20 each for additional diploma plus applicable mailing fees, and $60 for late application for graduation.

Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee will be billed to the student's MyMav account. For more information about refunds, visit Student Financial Services.

Payment Options

  • Pay by term

Refund Policy

Students wishing to drop a course and maintain no financial responsibility must do so by 11:59 PM CT before the first class day. The official class day begins at 12:00 AM CT.

The refund policy for sessions of five weeks or less is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day: 80 percent.
  • Second class day: 50 percent.
  • After the second class day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions greater than five weeks but less than 10 weeks is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the third class day: 80 percent.
  • Fourth day through the sixth class day: 50 percent.
  • After the sixth day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions 10 weeks or greater is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the fifth class day: 80 percent.
  • Sixth day through the tenth class day: 70 percent.
  • Eleventh day through the fifteenth class day: 50 percent.
  • Sixteenth day through the twentieth class day: 25 percent.
  • After the twentieth day: No refunds.

The Academic Calendar indicates the deadlines to drop a course with a "W."

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