Master of Education in Educational Leadership Online

This online M.Ed. program is designed to develop culturally responsive educational leaders to serve a diverse student population, especially the English language learner.

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About the Program

This online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is designed to develop culturally responsive educational leaders to serve a diverse student population, especially the English language learner.

Are you ready to move into school leadership positions? UTRGV’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership online program prepares you for new opportunities as a socio-culturally aware educational leader competent in site-based school management, school law, finance and personnel practices.

Learn how to effectively direct and advocate for academic excellence as well as lead positive change in today’s schools with special focus on students from multicultural backgrounds and English language learner (ELL) populations. Gain management experience through field-based problem solving and practice collaborative strategies to shape a nurturing school campus culture.

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This course focuses on analyzing and interpreting campus data for decision-making necessary to promote the success of all children. Special emphasis will be on developing action plans to meet student performance goals. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of educators as leaders in assessment, research and evaluation. Applicable laws, policies and regulations including local, state and federal accountability standards will be emphasized.
This course develops an understanding of how socio-cultural forces and emerging issues impact the school leader’s role in creating culturally responsive learning environments. Attention will be given to leadership strategies and best practices essential for addressing diverse learners. Future leaders learn to promote the success of all students and shape campus culture by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the full community. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
This course examines major organizational leadership models and their applicability in various school settings. Cultural and political realities that school leaders must understand in order to lead successful schools will be emphasized. Students will be engaged in identifying major models and comparing them through field based activities, with current leadership styles at school district and local campus levels, as these pertain to decision making, problem solving and leading organizational change.
This course focuses on ethical principles and integrity in decision-making, actions and behaviors. It will serve as the foundation for individual student assessment and as a guide to professional development. Key laws that significantly impact the day-to-day operations of school and a review of significant court decisions pertaining to educational operations will be addressed, as will the rights and responsibilities of teachers and students.
In this course, students will learn to facilitate the design and implementation of curricula and strategic plans that enhance teaching and learning. Emphasis is on the alignment of curriculum, curriculum resources, and assessment, and the use of various forms of assessment to measure student performance. It will include the research of successful strategies for identified student groups. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
The course covers supervisory functions in the elementary and secondary schools that relate to the administrator?s role in the supervision, improvement and evaluation of classroom instruction. Students will view instructional supervision as a function of leadership carried out through both principal and teacher leaders.
This course provides a study of the delivery of differentiated instruction for diverse learners to include Bilingual Education/ESL, Gifted & Talented, Migrant, Special Education, 504, Career & Technology Education (CATE) and other special programs. Emphasis is placed on the principal’s role in elementary and secondary school programs. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.
This course examines the relationships between the school and its internal and external constituencies. The course focuses on collaborative strategies to involve families and community members to shape the campus culture in responding to diverse community interests and needs, and to mobilize community resources for success of all student learners. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized. A minimum of 10 hours of field-based experiences are required.
This course examines a study of the unique functions of the principalship as they relate to the administration of elementary, middle and high schools. Special emphasis will be focused on the leadership role of the principal in the management and instructional aspects of the school programs. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized. A minimum of 20 hours of field-based experience is required.
This course provides a study of human resources and school budgeting functions. Emphasis is on understanding and applying local district and campus practices—e.g., recruitment, retention, evaluation. For budgeting, the emphasis is on aligning the budget to the campus plan and understanding how the various funding sources may be allocated. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be covered.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

Additional Fees

No Application Fee
Graduation Fee: $50


Please review all the admission requirements for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

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