Accelerated School Leadership


Admission Requirements

The Preferential Application Deadline for our 2016 Cohort is February 12, 2016.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants not meeting this requirement must provide GRE scores (see below), as well as other qualifications, such as long-term experience or expertise in a related specialized field as justification for consideration for admission;
  • For applicants with a GPA below 3.0: Scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last five years. To ensure that we receive your GRE scores, please use the institution code 7464 for the ACSSEHD.
    For the GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011: Preferred scores are 500 or higher for Quantitative Reasoning, 500 or higher for Verbal Reasoning, and 4.5 or higher for Analytical Writing.
    For the GRE taken after August 1, 2011: Preferred scores are 144 or higher for Quantitative Reasoning, 153 or higher for Verbal Reasoning, and 4.5 or higher for Analytical Writing.
    Note: GRE Scores will be accepted after the application deadline date as long as the test is taken before the deadline.
    All applicants are required to submit GRE Scores. Applicants whose scores fall below the preferred scores may also provide other qualifications, as described above;
  • Copy of valid Texas teacher certification, and a copy of your service record
  • Two years teaching experience in an accredited public, private or charter school;
  • Applicants from countries where the predominant language is not English are required to supply scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum score for admission is an 83 on the internet based test;
  • Recommendations and evidence of a high degree of support from the school of employment, including a commitment on the part of the applicant's principal (or an equivalent supervisor) to serve as a mentor for internship activities;
  • Evidence of leadership capacity and demonstration of leadership role in the applicant's school.
  • The application includes required essays, 3 recommendations, and may include an interview component at the discretion of the Admissions Committee

Transfer Credit

While applicants may request consideration for transfer of up to six hours of graduate credit, please note that this is a cohort program with a tightly structured and integrated design, and it is not likely that traditional 3-hour courses will be accepted for transfer. Requests for transfer credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students need to submit a transfer request as soon as they are accepted into the program in order to be considered for transfer credit.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is the application deadline? The program begins in June of each year. The preferential deadline for applications is February 12.
  2. How do I apply? The Department of Education Policy and Leadership has an online application. The application fee is $35, and a schedule of courses is available for review on the Curriculum & Modules webpage.

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