About the Program

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.

About the Program

About the Program
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30 credit hours
$458.33 per credit hour

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.

Online Courses

EDUL 6300 Data Management for School Improvement

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6305 Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6310 Organizational Leadership

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6315 Ethics and School Law

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6320 Curriculum Leadership for School Improvement

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6325 Instructional Leadership

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6330 Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6345 School Community Relations

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6350 The Principalship

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDUL 6355 Administration of Human Resources and Budgeting

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.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit hours: 3

Calendar

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program.

Upcoming Start Dates

October 18, 2017

September 20, 2017

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.

Tuition Breakdown

$13,750*

Total program cost

$458.33

Per credit hour

$1,374.99

Per 3-credit course

$2,000

Partner Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

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 Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.

Admissions

Please review all the admission requirements. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities

GPA

3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Test Scores

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores