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Estimated Completion

With Certification - 33 credit hours (18+ months)

Without Certification - 30 credit hours (18+ months)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies
  2. Additional Program Application Requirements

Note: Those pursuing an M.Ed. with Principal Certification will have their application reviewed by the Educator Preparation Council. Certification is for Texas Residents Only.


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M.Ed. in Educational Administration & Certification Programs


The department of Educational Leadership & technology M.Ed. degree and certification programs prepare students for educational leadership roles through stimulating and hands-on educational experiences, as well as a strong commitment to the education profession. Courses are offered online to provide flexibility for students, and professors offer optional face-to-face program review sessions. The program is offered entirely online, which makes it great for students who need scheduling flexibility to keep up with their busy work and life schedules. Certification programs are in compliance with the current Texas standards for administration and leadership.

Our program offers the following concentrations:

Our academic advisors are available to answer any questions you may have. View their contact information.


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Career Opportunities

Tarleton State University's M.Ed. in Educational Administration degree prepares students for a variety of roles and responsibilities in the Education Industry. Students who chose to get their Principal Certification will be qualified to work in administration positions at all levels, including central office district-level positions.

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Principal Certification

Our program prepares students for the TExES Principal Exam, which is one of the requirements for obtaining a Principal Certificate in the State of Texas.

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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

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Program Objectives

Our program aims to:

  • Enhance students' leadership skills
  • Broaden students' understanding of education
  • Increase the effectiveness of students as future educational leaders 
  • Utilize resources to enable students to develop as educators

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
EDAD 5307 Leadership of Programs and Procedures in Supervision
EDAD 5310 Special Education Law
EDAD 5335 Edu Plan and Facility Development
EDAD 5340 School-Community Relationships
EDAD 5345 Leadership of Curriculum Systems
EDAD 5355 Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities
EDAD 5360 Educational Leadership Applications

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

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At every level, Tarleton State University creates well-prepared educators. As a current school administrator with a M.Ed. from Tarleton, I witness the in-depth knowledge of Tarleton student teachers and fellow graduates on a daily basis. The most valuable component of the M.Ed. program is the opportunity to build relationships and make connections with your peers, professors and other professionals. Those connections become priceless as you advance through each level of your career.

Renee Goodwin, M.Ed.

Facilities and Features

Tarleton Building

Texas Center for Educational Facilities

Initiated in 2008, Tarleton State University formed a unique business partnership with a local architectural firm to create the Tarleton Research Laboratory on Educational Facilities (TRLEF). The primary goal of TRLEF is to provide evidence-based research to public schools regarding the impact of facility design on student learning capacities. In 2010, TRLEF was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Education to develop The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF). In 2011, TRLEF was renamed the Texas Center for Educational Facilities by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and continues to provide information, training, and technical assistance to public schools.

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Effective Schools Project

Originally initiated in 1988, Tarleton State University's Effective Schools Project (ESP) has since evolved into one of the nation's largest school-improvement endeavors. With effective schools research as its foundation, ESP is an education improvement network linking our faculty with campus leadership teams in over 50 Texas schools. Since its inception, ESP has partnered with 216 different public schools and Education Service Centers to provide professional development opportunities for educators.

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Cross Timbers School Development Council

The Cross Timbers School Development Council is a non-profit organization designed to serve the needs of its member schools. The CTSD Council serves as a forum for administrators to discuss ideas and has been serving school districts across the region for over 25 years. The CTSD Council hosts two major conferences each year:

  • The Fall Conference is sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Schools, and focuses on current issues involving administrators and school districts.
  • The Spring Conference is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards and provide various trainings for school board members in affiliated districts. Activities of the CTSD Council are guided by a six-member Board of Directors and coordinated by Dr. Mark Weber.