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 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.

TechLEAD Masters of Education in Educational Leadership Course Sequence

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TechLEAD  M.Ed. with Policy Emphasis 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 the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Applicant Statement, 2 Professional Recommendations, Texas Teaching Certification, Official Service Records (with 2+ years of 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.*

* Applicants who have one full year as a full-time, certified professional teacher (elementary or secondary) at the time of application will also be considered for admission if they can provide evidence that they will be continuing into their second year of full-time teaching in the form of a recommendation from their current principal.

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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Beth WatsonAcademic AdvisorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentbeth.watson@ttu.edu806-834-0429

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
  • Master's Hours to Completion: 36
  • Now accepting applications for: Summer and Fall
  • Master's Maximum Transfer Hours: 6