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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Admissions Requirements | Programs | Degree Requirements | Courses

Degrees and Certificates

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Superintendent Certification

Principal Certification

Temporary Principal Certificate

Temporary Assistant Principal Certificate

Master's Degree Plans



Charles Funkhouser

420 Hammond, 817-272-2841

Graduate Advisor

Charles Funkhouser

420 Hammond, 817-272-2841

Graduate Advising Office

Ted Chase


Superintendent Certification

Ron Caloss


Principal Certification

Diane Patrick

418 Hammond, 817-272-3575

Graduate Faculty


Funkhouser, Gerlach

Associate Professor


Assistant Professors

McNeil, Patrick

Admissions Requirements

Unconditional Admission

Probationary Admission

Applicants who do not meet all of the criteria for unconditional admission will be considered for probationary admission on the basis of the following:

Terms of Probation upon Acceptance: All students admitted under probation status will be required to earn a 3.5 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admissions requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

An applicant's admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional and probationary admission have not been met.


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies currently offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration. Coursework for the Principalship certification is built into the master's degree plan of 39 hours. Students are required to pass the state certification exam to be recommended for Principal Certification. The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers two routes to Principal Certification with a master's degree: a campus-based approach, and the two innovative field-based programs, Scholars of Practice and Educational Leadership UTA. The latter option is open only to those who are selected by their districts to participate.

With the assistance of the Graduate Advisor, students are required to complete a tentative program of work prior to completing 12 hours of graduate work. This program of work is filed in the Graduate School and may be modified as needed. Candidates for master's degrees are required to submit a final program of work during their final semester of coursework for the degree. For students who already have a master's degree, an 18-24 hour option is provided for the Principal Certification. A passing score on the state principal certification exam is required.

Superintendent Certification

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers coursework and field experiences leading to Superintendent Certification. Upon completion of superintendency coursework, a passing score on the Superintendent Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET), and evidence of Principal or equivalent certification, candidates will be recommended to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for issuance of the certificate.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public and Urban Administration with Educational Leadership Emphasis

The Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration with an emphasis in educational leadership and policy studies prepares candidates for key administrative positions in educational institutions, for upper-level management positions in public- and nonprofit-sector organizations and for teaching and research positions in institutions of higher education. The School of Public and Urban Affairs (SUPA) and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education (SOE), teach the program jointly. Interested students should first contact the SUPA Ph.D. Advisor at 817-272-3071, Fax 817-272-5008 or E-mail: Visit for more information.

Temporary Administrator Certification

The temporary Assistant Principal Certificate is effective for five years and is nonrenewable. An applicant must hold both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a valid Texas teacher certificate. Applicants must also provide evidence of two years of creditable teaching experience and must have successfully completed EDAD 5381, 5382, 5383, and 5384. Applicants must complete application forms and pay the necessary fees. No ExCET is required.

The Temporary Principal Certificate is available to applicants who meet all of the requirements cited above and, in addition, must have earned a master's degree. As with the above, no ExCET is required.

Principal Certification

Applicants who have earned master's degrees from accredited institutions and are only interested in Principal Certification will be required to complete 18-24 semester credit hours of EDAD coursework and internships. An applicant must hold a valid Texas Teacher Certificate, have a minimum of two creditable years of teaching experience, be admitted to the Principal Preparation program and complete a certification plan with the Graduate Advisor.

Required EDAD Courses for Principal Certification

5350, 5381, 5382, 5383, 5389, 5399, and one additional course from 5322, 5376, 5377, 5380, 5388, 5395, or other course approved by the graduate advisor and department chair.

Master of Education with Principal Certification


Foundations - 6 credit hours

EDAD 5382. Foundations of Educational Administration

EDAD 5380. Diversity in Educational Settings

Research - 3 credit hours

EDAD 5322. Educational Research and Evaluation

Technology - 3 credit hours

EDTC 53__ or equivalent

Instructional Leadership / Curriculum & Instruction -- General: 3 credit hours from the following selected or by advisement:

EDAD 5330. Leadership in the Instructional Setting (required but can be waived with approved Instructional Leadership Development / ILD Certification)

EDUC/EDAD 5309. Advanced Instructional Strategies

EDUC/EDAD 5305. Curriculum Design, Implementation and Evaluation

Administrative Leadership - 9 credit hours

EDAD 5381. Political and Legal Aspects of Education

EDAD 5383. The Principalship

EDAD 5384. Resource Management in Education

Policy Studies -- 9 credit hours

EDAD 5376. Educational Governance

EDAD 5388. Educational Policy Issues in the Public Schools

EDAD 5395. Futuristic Leadership Roles in School Administration

EDAD 5377. Contemporary Issues in Education

Internship and Capstone Courses - 6 credit hours

EDAD 5389. Administrative Internship (enroll in early in sequence)

EDAD 5399. Capstone Internship in Educational Administration

(this course is taken during the final enrollment periods of the program)


Additional courses selected or by advisement to reach 39 credit hours minimum for degree.

Degree Total (minimum): 39 credit hours

Degree Requirements

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers two routes to earn the Master of Education in Educational Administration (M.Ed.) and Principalship Certification: the campus-based self-selecting program, and several cohort programs (i.e. groups of students following the same sequences and programs) are also available.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Educational Administration (EDAD)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

EDTC 5301. CURRENT APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION (3-0). Study of technology use in educational administration. Topics include: instructional, learning, assessment, and management applications; a review of current research on selection, evaluation, and integration of appropriate media; and computer hardware and software, multimedia, laser disk, CD-ROM, and telecommunications systems.

5305. CURRICULUM DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION (3-0). An examination of theory and research in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. Emphasis on current trends in the content areas.

5309. ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES (3-0). A study of advanced models of teaching, including concept attainment, inductive thinking, inquiry, cognitive growth, non-directive group investigation, laboratory training, simulation and the training model. Research in teacher effectiveness and demonstration of various models will be required.

5315. RESEARCH PRACTICUM (3-0). Examination of basic concepts and procedures necessary for empirical research investigations within classroom contexts, experimental design, data collection and interpretation, and statistical analysis.

5322. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND EVALUATION (3-0). An overview of basic concepts and procedures necessary for analyzing, designing, and conducting quantitative and qualitative educational studies. Topics include familiarization with educational journals, associations, funding agencies, Accreditation procedures, program evaluation, sampling procedures, data collection, and statistical analyses.

5330. LEADERSHIP IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL SETTING (3.0). Examination of current research on effective instructional organizations and classroom instruction in today's schools, on characteristics of school leadership, and on the role and function of the teacher as instructional leader. Topics include the essential components of instruction, developing instructional-management
systems, evaluating student and teacher performance, assisting colleagues to monitor and improve instructional skills, school climate and leadership styles as they impact on school improvement.

5363. ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (3-0). An in-depth coverage of selected topics in the design of research and the collection and analysis of data. Topics include multivariate analyses, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, development and selection of data collection instruments, focus group interviewing, observational research, the delphi method, and interpretive analysis.

5376. EDUCATIONAL GOVERNANCE (3-0). Focus on the appointed and elected entities and bureaucracies that determine and implement policy in public education.

5377. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN EDUCATION (3-0). An exploration of selected controversial issues in contemporary education. Symposium/seminar/lecture format.

5380. DIVERSITY IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS (3-0). Effective leadership, instruction, and management strategies for work in diverse educational settings. Designed to provide increased self-awareness and insight into issues of diversity such as culture, ethnicity, exceptionality, gender, language, and socioeconomic status. Demographic issues along with urban and suburban educational settings will also be addressed.

5381. POLITICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF EDUCATION (3-0). Focus on the legal foundation of public education, political theory, and application of political skills in working with school personnel, students, parents, and community organizations. The role of the law, court rulings, and the politics of school governance at the federal, state, and local levels will be addressed.

5382. FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION (3-0). Will address the various aspects of instructional leadership roles and responsibilities of central office as well as building level administrators and supervisors. Topics included will be history of educational administration, educational philosophy, the global understanding of administrative roles in urban and rural settings, and professional organizations, as well as an overview of educational reforms, site-based management, governance, instructional management, evaluation, exchanging ideas, making changes, coaching beginning teachers, mentoring of teachers and peers, and a diverse community.

5383. THE PRINCIPALSHIP (3-0). Role of the principal in the organization and administration of schools, personnel and facility management, instructional leadership, forecasting and planning, shared decision-making, legal problems, interpersonal skills, time management, conflict resolution, program evaluation, and community relations.

5384. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN EDUCATION (3-0). School finance, as well as auxiliary areas of resource management, will be addressed. The emphasis will be on the use of technology, alternative models of financing and budgeting, and sources of revenue from the federal, state, and local levels as well as from private sources. The course is designed to assist administrators in developing an understanding of the functions, operation, and evaluation of auxiliary services which support the educational program.

5388. EDUCATIONAL POLICY ISSUES IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS (3-0). Examination of positions on policy issues of importance in public education.

5389. ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP (1.15). Designed to provide prospective educational administrators job-related experiences under supervision in an appropriate educational setting. An approved professional study is designed in relationship to the intern's interest and past experiences. Can be repeated for credit with approval of advisor.

5395. FUTURISTIC LEADERSHIP ROLES IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION (5.2). Concepts and skills to prepare educational leaders for learner-centered schools and to anticipate and foster the professional development of all staff and parents in the learning community. Concurrent enrollment with 5362.

5190, 5290, 5390. SELECTED TOPICS IN EDUCATION (3-0). An examination of different topics related to education. This seminar may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

5191, 5291, 5391. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. Research for thesis substitute or equivalent over topic agreed upon between student and instructor. Can be repeated for credit with permission. Graded R.

5399. CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES. Successful completion of the Capstone Internship will fulfill the comprehensive examination requirements for the graduate degree and/or certification. Requirements of ELPS 5399 will include, but not be limited to, those collaboratively established by University faculty and school administrative personnel.


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