Educational Leadership

Do you see yourself in a leadership position in education? Our Educational Leadership program (formerly Educational Administration) 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

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.

How to apply

  • Apply to the university
  • Submit required Department of Teacher Education Professional Certificate Program Application
  • Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework. (Please note: You must have at least a 3.0 GPA on your last 60 hours)
  • Submit at least two professional letters of recommendation; these should be from professional supervisors or previous professors who can speak to your ability to do rigorous graduate work
  • Submit a clearly written, informative letter of intent indicating your desired program area and why you are pursuing this degree and/or certification
  • Submit a copy of all service records showing teaching experience under a standard certificate
  • Submit copies of all current certifications. (Please note: You must have a valid Texas teaching certificate if you are seeking principal certification, and you must have a valid Texas principal or mid-management administrator certificate if you are seeking superintendent certification)


To obtain a recommendation for certification through Texas Woman’s University, you must have:

  • At least two years of teaching experience for principal certification candidates and district- or school-level leadership experience for superintendent certification candidates
  • For principal and superintendent certification only: A master’s degree (preferably in education or in an education-related field). If you are applying for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, you can earn your M.Ed. and principal certification simultaneously

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


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).

Page last updated 8:50 AM, February 4, 2019