The School Leadership program is designed to prepare candidates as innovative and transformational school leaders for today’s school settings. Emphasis is given to the development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of school leaders in a rapidly changing educational context. Candidates will pursue courses in school leadership, instructional leadership, school law and policy, as well as courses in management, finance, design, and innovations in teaching and learning. An extensive, school-based clinical practice experience will be provided in partnership with the candidate’s school or educational organization. The Master of Education degree in School Leadership may be earned by completing 36 credit hours. Upon completion of coursework, clinical practice, and the requisite state certification exams, students will receive Texas’ Principal certificate. 

Requirements for the master's

The course of study includes:

Course ID Course Title
ELED-5390  Educational Leadership 
ELED-5391  School Management and Finance 
ELED-5392  Leadership in Elementary and Secondary Schools 
ELED-5393  Research, Assessment and Data-Driven Decision Making 
ELED-5394  Clinical Practice—Leadership 
ELED-5395  Instructional and Curricular Leadership 
ELED-6390  School Law and Policy Analysis 
ELED-6393  Community Building and Civic Engagement 
ELED-6394  Systems Design and Implementation
ELED-6395  Innovations in Teaching and Learning 
ELED-6693  Clinical Practice—Advanced Internship 

Admission to the Master of Education in School Leadership

Interested candidates must receive an initial recommendation from their respective school district or charter organization in order to apply for the program. Once recommended, candidates will complete the online application for graduate studies, including the provision of letters of recommendation, GRE scores (if applicable), and an official transcript. All candidates will be scheduled for a phone interview with the program director/staff. Candidates who demonstrate a readiness for leadership in the program will then be invited to participate in a leadership simulation. Once all elements of the admission process are completed, the members of the cohort will be selected and offered admissions to the program.

Military and Experience Policy

In accordance with 19 TAC 228.35(a)(5), the Department of Education at Trinity University evaluates, and may accept, military service, training, or education toward fulfillment of program prerequisite admission requirements. Military service, training, or education must be directly related to the certificate being sought and may not take the place of certification examinations. To be eligible, individuals must meet one or both of the following requirements:

  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. military, or
  • Completed a minimum of two years of service in the U.S. military and have been discharged as a result of a service-related disability.

Applicants should include a Joint Services Transcript or other verifiable documentation of military service, training, or education with their application to graduate study.

Applicants who are not military service members or military veterans can request the Department of Education to evaluate previous service, training, or education toward fulfillment of program prerequisite admission requirements. Service, training, or education may not count as part of internship, clinical teaching, or practicum requirements, must be directly related to the certificate being sought, and must be provided by an approved EPP or accredited institution of higher education within the past five years. Applicants should include official transcripts or other verifiable documentation with their application to graduate study.

For more information, contact the Department of Education at or (210) 999-7501.

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