MA in Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership Program Overview

Our ELCC-recognized online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is designed for individuals who want to lead as a principal in the K-12 setting. This program prepares students to take on the diverse responsibilities of leadership roles by providing skills and experience in the areas of administrative and instructional leadership, school law and ethics, and organizational theory.

Eligible candidates may be able to complete this program in as little as one year while gaining the specialized skills and knowledge needed to:

  • Provide the instructional and organizational leadership necessary to administer and supervise school programs, policies, and activities.
  • Ensure high-quality and safe educational experiences for a diverse group of students.
  • Develop organizational goals and objectives.
  • Build a team of instructors that exceeds the goals of the school.

Click here to read program testimonials from educational leadership alumni.

State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)

This program is aligned with the Texas SBEC Principal as Instructional Leader certification competencies. If you are outside of Texas and would like to be certified, check with your state agency for requirements to obtain certification in your state and to determine if this program meets your state’s eligibility requirements. The requirements for Principal as Instructional Leader certification in Texas are provided below:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university
  • Valid classroom teaching certificate
  • Two years of creditable teaching experience
  • Successful completion of an approved principal educator preparation program
  • Successful completion of the required exam

Accreditation and Awards

Required Courses

27 credits required

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDLD 6361 - School Law
8 weeks
3
Effects of Federal and Texas law on processes of public school education and its relationship to school administrators. (Code of Ethics & Federal Programs.)
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Spring B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring B 2024
EDLD 6363 - Administration of Special Programs
8 weeks
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2023 Summer B 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer B 2024
EDLD 6365 - School Public Relations
8 weeks
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Fall A 2022 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024
EDLD 6367 - Theories of Educational Leadership
8 weeks
3
An analysis of school leadership theories, standards, and applications for practice in campus or district improvement processes.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024
EDLD 6368 - Principalship
8 weeks
3
Administrative processes and functions of the elementary and secondary school principal in the context of school district organization and administration.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Summer B 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer B 2024
EDLD 6369 - School Human Resources Management
8 weeks
3
Personnel management theory and research. Emphasizes skills in recruitment, selection, assignment, staff development, supervision, and evaluation.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Spring B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring B 2024
EDLD 6370 - Instructional Leadership
8 weeks
3
Systemic design and analysis of strategies for instructional leadership and supervision of teacher performance with an emphasis on clinical approaches.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Summer A 2023 Fall B 2023 Summer A 2024
EDLD 6392 - Practicum I
8 weeks
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024
EDLD 6393 - Practicum II
8 weeks
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024
Core Courses

9 credits required

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDUC 6302 - Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025
EDUC 6304 - Educational Psychology
8 weeks
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall A 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer A 2025 Fall A 2025
EDUC 6305 - Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Fall A 2022 Spring B 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring B 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Fall A 2024 Spring B 2025 Whole Summer 2025 Fall A 2025

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading toward a bachelor's degree
  • One year of teaching experience
  • Essay that answers the following prompt:
    • What do you see as the role of an educational leader?
  • Official transcripts

Conditional Admission Requirements

If you do not meet the GPA requirements for this program, you may qualify for conditional admission with the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading toward a bachelor's degree
  • One year of teaching experience
  • Essay that answers the following prompt:
    • What do you see as the role of an educational leader?
  • Other evidence (at least one of the following):
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined)*
    • Statement related to the circumstances surrounding your lower GPA and why you believe you are ready for graduate studies (up to a page in length) and two professional letters of recommendation 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 from someone who can speak to your capacity as a school leader.
  • Official transcripts

*Note: The GRE score requirement has been temporarily waived. This waiver will apply through Fall 2022.   

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and can be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Transfer Credits

Click here for our program policy on outside credit transfer.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.*

*UT Permian Basin is waiving the application fee for this program through Fall 2022. To have your application fee waived, take the following steps: 

  • While completing your UT Permian Basin online application, select "Check or Money Order" when prompted to pay your application fee.
  • Submit your application and email the Graduate Studies Office at gradstudies@utpb.edu informing them of your submission.

If you have any questions regarding the admission requirements, please email gradstudies@utpb.edu.

Faculty Bios

Associate Professor
Department Chair, Educational Leadership
College of Education
badgett_k@utpb.edu

Dr. Badgett has served as a professional educator for more than 20 years, working with students at all levels from pre-kindergarten through graduate studies in a variety of roles that include teaching at the elementary, middle, and high-school levels, serving as a school counselor, serving in campus and district-level leadership roles, and teaching in multiple institutions of higher education. He has served in various roles since arriving at UT Permian Basin, including instructor, program coordinator, department chair, assistant dean, and in various roles that included district and campus-level leadership responsibilities at the K-12 charter school that is affiliated with UT Permian Basin. Dr. Badgett’s research interests include school effectiveness, school-business partnerships, improving leadership efficiency, and teacher retention.

Click here to read more about Dr. Badgett and his experience with UT Permian Basin's educational leadership program.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
College of Education
hernandez_e@utpb.edu

Dr. Arzu is Garifuna and originally from Belize, Central America. Prior to relocating to Odessa in 2021, Dr. Arzu spent over 30 years serving the Belizean education system as an elementary teacher, secondary school principal, adjunct lecturer, co-facilitator for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and also Quality Assurance Officer at the University of Belize. While in Belize, she was a member of several professional organizations, including the Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (BAPSS), the Association of Principals of Government Secondary Schools (APGSS), and the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC). Since transitioning to UTPB, Dr. Arzu continues to serve only on COBEC. Her professional interests include issues pertaining to teachers and principal leadership and ensuring that programs are quality assured. Her personal interests include connecting to nature and her spiritual being.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
College of Education
uzat_r@utpb.edu

Dr. Uzat joined UT Permian Basin in January 2022 as a professor of educational leadership. He has worked as a district-level and high school administrator for thirteen years. Before joining UTPB, Dr. Uzat served as the Director of Special Projects at St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He has also compiled a 441-229 record over 26 seasons coaching high school basketball. He earned his PhD in educational leadership from The University of Southern Mississippi and his academic areas of specialization include organizational culture and change, crisis management, cost-benefit analysis, and TQM methods in education.

Click here to read more about Dr. Uzat and his experience with UT Permian Basin's educational leadership program.

We’re pleased to offer program admission on a rolling basis.

Rolling admission refers to our process of accepting and evaluating applications as we receive them and moving any applications that miss the deadline to the next semester. However, if you want to enroll in courses for a specific semester, you will need to make note of the application deadlines found below. If you don’t complete your application and submit the required materials by the deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next semester. 

LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Summer A5/9/226/24/224/25/225/2/224/1/225/11/225/6/226/10/22
Summer B6/27/228/11/226/13/226/20/224/1/226/29/226/24/227/29/22
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Fall A8/29/2210/21/228/15/228/22/224/1/228/31/228/26/229/30/22
Fall B10/24/2212/16/2210/10/2210/17/224/1/2210/26/2210/21/2211/23/22
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Spring A1/9/233/3/2312/26/221/2/2311/1/221/11/231/6/232/9/23
Spring B3/13/235/5/232/27/233/6/2311/1/223/15/233/10/234/14/23
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