Preparing Educational Leaders
The Accelerated School Leadership Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at SMU prepares students for positions in leadership in public schools, public charter schools, turnaround schools, and private and religious schools. The curriculum reflects both the principal certification requirements established by the state of Texas and is consistent with national standards and empirical evidence on effective school leadership knowledge and skills.
Academic courses of study focus on five key areas: Leadership and Campus Culture, Organizational Behavior and Change, Instructional Leadership, Developing Human Capital, and Administrative Leadership. Field-based learning opportunities are provided through Field Studies courses, supported by SMU Field Supervisors and campus administrators.
This 30-hour master’s program is rigorously designed to prepare educators for a variety of leadership positions in pre-K through grade-12 public, charter, private secular, and religious schools. Courses begin in June and ends the following July. During the fall and spring academic terms, students take courses, plus an internship (Field Studies). The Field Studies course each semester involves internship activities on the student's campus of employment. During the final summer, students take one additional course and complete their Capstone paper.
The curriculum is designed in accordance with Texas principal certification requirements and national standards for principal preparation.
• Instructional Leadership Courses with a focus on Literacy and STEM
• Field-based projects (internship experiences) integrated throughout the program and completed on each student's campus of employment
• A cohort model allowing the student to complete the M.Ed. program in 14 months.
• A focus on ensuring that all graduates have the knowledge and skills to evaluate the impact of their leadership on the schools in which they serve.
The internship is a three-way partnership involving the student, the administrative mentor on the campus where the candidate is employed, and a member of SMU’s adjunct clinical faculty. Three Field Studies courses include internship activities directly aligned to program courses and to the state 268 Principal Competencies. Beginning in June 2020 and ending May 2021, interns must have completed 160 hours of field based experiences that align with 268 Principal Competencies.
This program offers reduced tuition and merit-based scholarships are available. Students are eligible to apply for financial aid.
Roxanne Burleson, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Program Director
W. Les Black, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor
Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, Ph.D., Professor
Alexandra Pavlakis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor