Master of Education in Educational Leadership


The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership prepares school administrators to lead in a diverse, fast-paced, and information-rich society. Graduates of the TWU Educational Leadership program demonstrate the requisite skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for effective leadership; alumni hold leadership positions throughout the DFW metroplex and the state of Texas. Classes are delivered fully online with optional face-to-face trainings in TTESS, AEL, and TPESS. Students who already hold a master’s degree may wish to pursue the  Principal as Instructional Leader certification-only program.

Highly-qualified school administrators are in demand across Texas, and TWU's graduate programs in Educational Leadership effectively prepare our students to meet this growing need. Students wishing to pursue Principal as Instructional Leader certification need to meet specific criteria, including applying to the TWU Educator Preparation Program (in addition to the TWU Graduate School), providing evidence of two years teaching experience as the teacher of record at an accredited school, and meeting other criteria as determined by the program and the state. More information can be found on the Educational Leadership website.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Assess, evaluate, and retain the human capital on a campus or within a school district to ensure that high-quality teachers and staff are coached, provided with targeted professional development, and evaluated with multiple data sources.
  2. Provide resilient executive leadership through change as they continuously seek to improve and reflect on personal goals. Graduates will also learn to communicate to different audiences while ensuring positive relationships, and demonstrate good moral character while following the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators.
  3. Establish, implement, and promote a shared vision and productive culture to (a) ensure high expectations for students and staff and (b) promote social and emotional support for students while engaging families and community members in student learning. Additionally, graduates will have the skills to encourage a safe school environment that promotes civility and student discipline.
  4. Collaborate to create and promote clear campus or district goals aligned with the school and district vision and that allows for continuous improvement of teachers and students through strategic planning. Graduates will ensure that (a) students’ learning time is maximized and (b) the needs of the school are monitored while collaborating with district staff to ensure compliance with all district, state, and federal policies, codes, and laws (Texas Education Agency's Texas Principal Standards, 2019, paragraphs 1-5).


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

The M.Ed. degree requires completion of 30 semester credit hours (SCH) of coursework composed of 21 SCH of coursework in educational leadership and administration, 3 SCH of research methods, 3 SCH of independent study/campus-based research project, and 3 SCH of internship.

Required Courses
ELDR 5123Educational Foundations and Administrative Implications: AEL3
ELDR 5223Professional Development and Supervision in Education3
ELDR 5323Administrative Processes in Schools3
ELDR 5333Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation3
ELDR 5353Leadership and Special Programs3
ELDR 6113Education Law3
ELDR 6513Professional Principal Preparation3
ELDR 5203Research in Education3
Independent Study
ELDR 5913Independent Study3
Select one of the following3
Internship for the Principal
Internship for the Principal
and Internship for the Principal
Total SCHs30