Educational Leadership (MEd)

Educational Leadership (MEd)

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The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership is designed to produce change-oriented administrators who can provide administrative leadership and are competent in site-based school management, organization, school law, finance and contemporary personnel practices. Graduation from the program is based upon course completion of 30 semester credit hours and successful completion of a comprehensive exam.

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    The Graduate College

    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158

    1201 W. University Drive

    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. 
    • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. Students not eligible for clear admission must have minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical for conditional admission. 
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal  statement  detailing  professional  goals  and  reasons  for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Resume including educational background and work experience.

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Department Chair: Dr. Federico Guerra

    Phone: (956) 665-7333

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EEDUC 1.510A

    E-mail: federico.guerra@utrgv.edu


    Program Coordinator: Dr. Rosalinda Hernandez

    Phone: (956) 665-7399

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EEDUC 1.510B

    E-Mail: rosalinda.hernandez@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 30
    EDUL 6300: Data Management for School Improvement 3
    EDUL 6305: Socio‐Cultural Contexts of Education 3
    EDUL 6310: Organizational Leadership 3
    EDUL 6318: Ethics, Culture, and Diversity 3
    EDUL 6320: Curriculum Leadership for School Improvement 3
    EDUL 6325: Instructional Leadership 3
    EDUL 6330: Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners 3
    EDUL 6335: Supervision of Instruction 3
    EDUL 6350: The Principalship 3
    EDUL 6355: Administration of Human Resources and Budgeting 3
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Written Comprehensive Exam
     
    Total hours required for degree: 30
     

    Course Descriptions:

    EDUL 6300: Data Management for School Improvement               [3‐0]

    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.

    EDUL 6305: Socio‐Cultural Contexts of Education              [3‐0]

    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.

    EDUL 6310: Organizational Leadership              [3‐0]

    This course emphasizes an examination of self and the study of major organizational leadership models and their applicability in various school settings. Students will engage in field based activities as they pertain to decision making and problem solving. Additionally, appropriate management techniques and group processes will be emphasized. A minimum of 20 hours of field based activities are required.

    EDUL 6318: Ethics, Culture, and Diversity               [3‐0]

    This course focuses upon ethics, equity and diversity in our public schools. Students will understand the ethical and equity challenges for school leaders. In addition students will understand the needs of diverse students’ populations that shape societal, professional community, and individual views that impact professional practice, decision making, and public policy.

    EDUL 6320: Curriculum Leadership for School Improvement              [3‐0]

    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.

    EDUL 6325: Instructional Leadership              [3‐0]

    This course examines effective instructional approaches and programs used in schools. It explores critical issues specific to curriculum, innovative instructional methods, and the role of educators as school leaders. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of educators as leaders in assessment, research and evaluation. Applicable laws, policies, and regulations will be emphasized. 

    EDUL 6330: Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners              [3‐0]

    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 of elementary and secondary school programs. Applicable laws, policies, and regulations will be emphasized.

    EDUL 6335: Supervision of Instruction              [3‐0]

    This course will study the ways in which principals can incorporate supervision into their organizational behavior and work with teachers to create instructional practices that raise the level of teaching and learning in the classroom. Students will learn how to use aspects of effective supervision and teaching strategies when working with teachers during the observation/evaluation process. Strategies for coaching and mentoring teachers for improved student achievement will be presented throughout the course.

    EDUL 6350: The Principalship              [3‐0]

    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 experiences are required.

    EDUL 6355: Administration of Human Resources and Budgeting              [3‐0]

    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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