Educational Leadership and Policy

Master of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Education

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Campus address: George I. Sánchez Building (SZB) 348, phone (512) 471-7551, fax (512) 471-5975; campus mail code: D5400

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, 1912 Speedway Stop D5400, Austin TX 78712


Facilities for Graduate Work

The University and the College of Education provide outstanding computer laboratories, instructional resource centers, and libraries. Students are also encouraged to view the whole intellectual and cultural life of the University as a resource to be explored.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy has close working relationships with public and private schools, colleges, and universities that provide clinical sites, field experiences, and research opportunities. Many educational associations and agencies in Austin provide important additional resources for students and faculty members.

Areas of Study

Students may choose from the following specializations: higher education leadership, educational policy and planning, principalship and superintendency. Although each specialization involves unique coursework, a common core of knowledge is required of all students.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in the spring 2021 semester.

Beth E Bukoski
Rebecca Marie Callahan
Debra Cantu
Norma V Cantu
Joshua Childs
Paul Cruz
David Edward DeMatthews
Liliana M Garces
Matthew S Giani
Juan C Gonzales
Terrance L Green
Jennifer J Holme
Huriya Jabbar
Manuel J Justiz
Marilyn C Kameen
Molly Beth Malcolm
Ruben D Olivarez
Martha N Ovando
Gage E Paine
Colette Pierce Burnette
Soncia Reagins-Lilly
Richard J Reddick
Pedro Reyes
Richard M Rhodes
Victor Saenz
Lauren Schudde
Edwin R Sharpe Jr
Patricia Ann Somers
Angela Valenzuela

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on multiple criteria, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications. Applicants must submit an official score on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test and must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division and graduate coursework. In addition, the applicant must be accepted into one of the areas of specialization listed above. The faculty for the specialization may establish additional admission requirements, such as participation in an assessment center, personal interviews, or other evidence of the student’s preparation for graduate work. Information about these requirements is available from the department.

Students entering one of the doctoral programs should hold a master’s degree. The master’s degree need not be in education, but the applicant is expected to have knowledge of the history or philosophy of education and of human learning.