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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Online

Whether your goal is to become a school principal or district superintendent, the accelerated online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from UTPB can help you increase your impact on student success in your school and your education community.

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Online M.A. in Educational Leadership Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership accelerated online program gives you the tools and training that prepare you for more rewarding opportunities in school administration. Designed for working professionals like you, this online program is an affordable and flexible pathway to your career and academic goals, including Principal Certification.

Designed to prepare you for more rewarding opportunities in school administration, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online program gives you the tools and training you need to achieve your career and academic goals. Advanced candidates may become eligible for Principal Certification, which is often required for positions in school administration.

Develop your aptitude for instructional and administrative leadership, cultural proficiency, conflict resolution, organizational theory, school law and ethics, and other topics relevant for 21st century educational leaders. You will also have the opportunity to apply your learning with a supervised practicum in administration before completing the program.

Curriculum for this program is aligned with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for Principal and Superintendent Competencies and standards set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). Every online course is taught by the same experienced UTPB faculty members who teach on campus.

Accreditation:

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The College of Education at The University of Texas Permian Basin meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Total Tuition

As few as 12 months

Duration

36

Credit Hours

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Tuition

At UTPB, we are proud to be known for affordability without sacrificing quality. Our M.A. in Educational Leadership online program features pay-by-the-course tuition. Financial aid is also available for those who qualify to help lower the costs associated with achieving your degree.

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Fees

Application Fee: $40
Graduation Fee: $50

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Trustees.

Financial Aid

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Explore financial aid options that can help you fund your online degree from UTPB.

Financial assistance is available to college students who qualify and are seeking a degree. Funds from a variety of sources assist students in achieving their responsibilities in paying for college. Costs associated with attending The University of Texas Permian Basin are comprised of tuition, fees, books and supplies. Federal, State, institutional and external sources can help pay some of the expenses related to the associated costs. No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program sponsored by UTPB on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, gender or disability.

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Please include the UTPB Federal School Code: 009930.
  2. Complete the UTPB admission process for your accelerated online program.
  3. Monitor your email for further instructions from the UTPB Financial Aid Office.

Please contact your Financial Aid Counselor if you have any questions.

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Tuition Breakdown:

$346

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Calendar

The UTPB M.A. in Educational Leadership online program features 100% online courses and six start dates a year. View the calendar below to find the most convenient class start for you and be sure to apply by the application due date.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
01/11/21 12/14/20 01/04/21 01/08/21 01/08/21
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Admissions

Please review the admission guidelines for the M.A. in Educational Leadership online program below. UTPB takes a holistic approach in the admission of applicants to graduate programs as authorized by section 51.842 of the Texas Education Code. This section authorizes graduate programs to consider certain academic, socioeconomic, family, geographic and other factors relating to an applicant's background in making an admission decision for admission into the graduate program.

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Bachelor’s Degree

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1 Year Teaching Experience

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  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • One year teaching experience; teacher service record required
  • Must have a 3.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 grading system in the last 60 credit hours of your undergraduate record
  • Submit an essay that is relevant to the prompt and demonstrates capacity for graduate studies in this area. Essay question for this graduate program is:
    • What do you see as the role of an educational leader?
  • Students seeking principal certification must have a teaching certificate and meet all other state specific requirements

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  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  • One year teaching experience (teacher service record required)
  • GPA below 3.0-2.5 in the last 60 hours
  • Submit an essay that is relevant to the prompt and demonstrates capacity for graduate studies in this area. Essay question for this graduate program is:
    • What do you see as the role of an educational leader?
  • Must meet at least one of the following:
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • OR
    • Educational Leadership applicants with conditional admission must provide the following:
      • A one-page essay explaining the circumstances surrounding the low GPA and why you believe you are ready for graduate studies (up to a page in length) AND two (2) professional letters of recommendation: both should be from school administrators who have supervised your work in the classroom. If you can only secure one from such a person, the second must be a professional letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your capacity to be a school leader.
      • Students seeking principal certification must have a teaching certificate and meet all other state specific requirements.

Courses

To earn your M.A. in Educational Leadership online, you must complete 12 courses for a total of 36 credit hours.

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Students must complete the following courses.

EDUC 6304: Educational Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of theories of behavior, learning and instruction, research on human ontological development, and consideration of applications of such theory and research to classroom practices, including issues related to their measurement and evaluation.

EDUC 6305: Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to acquaint students with how research is conducted in the fields of education and the social sciences. Students will select and evaluate research findings within their fields and learn how to design their own research studies. Must be taken prior to third term of enrollment.

EDUC 6302: Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences. Research and reflection are emphasized.

EDLD 6361: School Law

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Effects of Federal and Texas law on processes of public school education and its relationship to school administrators. (Code of Ethics & Federal Programs.)

EDLD 6363: Administration of Special Programs

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the theory and practice of special programs provided in the schools, i.e., special education, reading, career education, vocational-technical education, bilingual education, library and instructional technology, plus IDEA, Section 504, Federal title program funding, school to work, etc.

EDLD 6365: School Public Relations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of school public relations from a perspective of communication and collaboration with all community constituents and responding to diverse interests and needs to promote student success.

EDLD 6367: Theories of Educational Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of school leadership theories, standards, and applications for practice in campus or district improvement processes.

EDLD 6368: Principalship

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Administrative processes and functions of the elementary and secondary school principal in the context of school district organization and administration.

EDLD 6369: School Human Resources Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Personnel management theory and research. Emphasizes skills in recruitment, selection, assignment, staff development, supervision and evaluation.

EDLD 6370: Instructional Leadership Development

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Systemic design and analysis of strategies for instructional leadership and supervision of teacher performance with an emphasis on clinical approaches.

EDLD 6392: Practicum: Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Supervised practicum in administration in a school setting. Students are expected to meet regularly with their University supervisor to ensure continued growth throughout their internship experience.

EDLD 6393: Practicum II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Supervised practicum in administration in a school setting. Students are expected to meet regularly with their University supervisor to ensure continued growth throughout their internship experience. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

M.A. in Educational Leadership Alumni Amy Russell

“The master's degree has opened so many doors for me.”

– Amy Russell, M.A. in Educational Leadership online graduate

*The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations for four academic years. If obligations are not met within eight years after graduation, the grant will turn into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with all accrued interest from the date of disbursement. For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach or contact the University of Texas Permian Basin Financial Aid Office.

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