Transforming Education through Expert Leadership
Application deadline extended to March 15, 2013 the Fall 2013-2014 student cohort
The Master's degree in Educational Leadership - Accelerated School Leadership is designed to prepare educators for a variety of leadership positions in pre-K through grade-12 public, charter, private secular, and religious schools. Through study and research in the areas of organizational leadership, academic leadership, and teacher effectiveness, graduates of the program will be well prepared to:
Develop and support effective educators;
Select and implement effective curricula and instructional programs; and
Identify, implement, and sustain effective organizational practices.
To this end, the program offers the following unique features.
Comprehensive Academic Leadership component: A series of 5 courses focused on the core domains of instruction (i.e., mathematics, literacy, science, social studies and world languages) as well as special programs such as fine arts and Special Education.
Field-based projects (internship experiences) integrated throughout the program and completed on each student's campus of employment.
Projects that mirror the cycle of a typical school year.
Quarter system enabling students to complete the M.Ed. program in 13 months as part of a cohort.
A focus on ensuring that all graduates have the knowledge and skills to evaluate the effectiveness of their leadership on the schools in which they serve.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership curriculum is designed in accordance with principal certification requirements established by the state of Texas and consistent with national standards and empirical evidence on effective school leadership knowledge and skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
This 45-credit-hour program is designed for working professionals and can be completed within 13 months. Students begin the program in the summer as part of a cohort, taking courses in a prescribed sequence through courses in the initial summer, followed by two 7-week modules offered during the fall, two 7-week modules offered during the spring, and one 4-week module offered during the final summer.
Each module in the fall and spring consists of four 2-hour courses. Three of the four courses will be based on academic content, and one course will be a field studies course. Each of the three academic courses will assign field-based projects to be completed in the field studies course. Clinical faculty will supervise and evaluate the field-based projects based on pre-designed rubrics.
During the fall and spring academic terms, classes meet for approximately 4 hours on Wednesday evenings and all day on Saturdays. During the final summer, classes meet 4 days per week, with the exception of the Portfolio Seminar, which meets on an as-needed basis.
This program offers reduced tuition, and partial scholarships are available. Students are eligible to apply for financial aid for the fall, spring, and final summer terms.
The faculty for the Master's degree in Educational Leadership - Accelerated School Leadership is comprised of some of the finest professors in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development. Guest lecturers and visiting professors will also contribute to the offerings of the program.
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