Texas Tech University

Educational Leadership Masters

The Educational Leadership program faculty are involved in a number of ongoing “university - K-12 school partnership” activities to directly serve the leadership development of regional K-12 educators, including: EDLD Summer Leadership Institute; and the new LISD - TTU Principal Fellows Program.

Attention New Educational Leadership Master's Applicants: The new TExES Principal 268 test will contains both multiple-choice and constructed-response items and became operational December 2018. Candidates will also be required to successfully complete the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) beginning in 2019.

Program Overview

The Educational Leadership (EDLD) Program is fully-synchronous online and offers graduate degrees and administrator certification preparation programs to prepare individuals to serve in a variety of administrative leadership positions in K-12 schools and school districts. The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program prepares individuals for executive leadership positions in K-12 school districts and for teaching positions in university settings.

TTU's Educational Leadership Program is a full institutional member of the University Council for Educational Administration

Texas Tech University and the TTU College of Education's Educational Leadership (EDLD) Program earned full institutional membership in the national University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in November 2022. This prestigious national organization recognizes the outstanding graduate-level (master's and doctoral) K-12 leadership development programming and extensive university–school district partnership efforts of the College of Education's Educational Leadership Program Faculty by officially welcoming TTU and the TTU College of Education into UCEA's national consortium of higher education institutions.

UCEA is dedicated to advancing the preparation of educational leaders for the benefit of K-12 schools and students. UCEA fulfills its mission by disseminating and supporting graduate program development work of its member institutions and offering networking and advancement opportunities to educational leadership and policy scholars in all stages of their professional careers. The UCEA organization positively influences local, state, and national education policy within the disciplines of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Our TTU EDLD faculty and graduate students look forward to supporting the UCEA mission by continuing our efforts in researching and addressing essential problems of schooling, improving the preparation of educational leaders, and shaping education policies that can benefit diverse populations of learners.

TechLEAD Masters of Education in Educational Leadership Course Sequence

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TechLEAD  M.Ed. with Policy Concentration Ed.D. Ph.D.
Prepares working teachers interested in pursuing careers as principals in Texas Prepares graduates for non-certified employment positions or to continue to a doctoral degree Improves and enhances the skills of executive school leaders Prepares graduates to be critically engaged educational policymakers
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Become a principal or other district leader Work in education, government, non-profits, advocacy groups, etc. Administrative leadership in educational institutions, e.g. school districts Focus on scholarly practice, research, or teaching at university level
Internship or field experience required Internship not required, but practical application recommended Internship or demonstration of proficiency in program evaluation Practical experiences in research and scholarly communication
Capstone Project Non-Thesis Dissertation Dissertation

Degrees Offered

Master's of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Professional Certification Preparation Program

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Career Opportunities With This Degree

Texas Tech University's Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Professional Certification Preparation Program is designed for working teachers interested in pursuing careers as elementary or secondary school principals in Texas.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

  • Due to ongoing accessibility concerns, the Graduate School has suspended GRE test score requirements for applications through at least Summer 2025. For more information, please contact the Graduate School.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Applicant Statement, 2 Professional Recommendations, Texas Teaching Certification, Official Service Records (with 2+ years of certified teaching service), last two years of T-TESS or equivalent data. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Semester in which the program can be started

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership reviews applicants for Summer and Fall admission on an ongoing basis.

Applicants are required to hold teacher's certification and two years of teaching experience at the time of application.

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 hours

Allowable Transfer Hours

up to 6 hours, subject to advisor's approval


No hard deadline. Rolling Admissions

Graduate School Application Basics

Visit the Graduate Application Process page for more information.

Tuition & Fees

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Chance WebbAcademic Advisor/AdmissionsOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentgradadmissions.educ@ttu.edu806-834-6768

Palmer, Dusty L., Ed.D.Assistant ProfessorEducational Psychology & Leadershipdusty.palmer@ttu.edu

Almager, Irma L., Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorEducational Psychology & Leadershipirma.almager@ttu.edu 806-834-0062


Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Online (synchronous classes)
  • Master's Hours to Completion: 36
  • Now accepting applications for: Summer and Fall
  • Master's Maximum Transfer Hours: 6