Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive a educator certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation:

Welcome from Dr. Velma Menchaca

Welcome to the Department of Organization & School Leadership at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Whether this is your first experience with UTRGV or if you are continuing your education at our institution, I am pleased that you have chosen to pursue your master’s degree or your principal or superintendent certificate at UTRGV. The Department also offers a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.

Educators must constantly reflect on their professional skills to meet the changing needs of their students, campuses, and school districts. Our graduate degree programs are designed to provide school leaders with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will continue their professional growth. Our goal is to produce caring and reflective educators who are capable of meeting the educational challenges of the Rio Grande Valley.

The faculty wish you success on your educational journey.

Dr. Velma Menchaca, Department Chair
Department of Organization & School Leadership