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A one-of-a-kind program

Believe it or not, our alumni tell us that graduation day has a tendency to sneak up on you. Before you know it, you’ll have completed 30 hours of master's-level coursework. Time flies when you’re having fun seeking your own learning path, pursuing your career goals, and working with faculty and peers who sharpen your skills and know-how. Pictured above is one of our first cohort of graduates in 2014.

Higher Education Leadership Concentration


The concentration in higher education leadership is designed to prepare professionals for expertise in leadership across college and university campuses, addressing critical issues facing postsecondary education in public policy, governance, finance, law, and student services.

You will examine higher education from a number of perspectives as you develop leadership skills for career enhancement and advancement:

  • Understanding the development of higher education as crucial global institution
  • Developing leadership on college and university campuses;
  • Examining state and federal policies and processes applied to higher education;
  • Exploring factors influencing budgeting and budget decisions; and
  • Identifying best practices in student services.

Program Logistics

  • Competency development appropriate to the profession
  • 30 Credit Hours
  • Fully Online
  • One course at a time, 8 week format
  • Finish in as little as 18 months
  • Affordable Tuition

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Dr. Garry Tomerlin
The courses in this program helped to prepare me for my position at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. I am involved in policy decisions that affect hundreds of thousands of Texas students.

Dr. Garry Tomerlin, Alumnus

Program Highlights

  • Coursework grounded in real-life higher education contexts
  • Faculty advisors as practitioners
  • Practicum designed for leadership development
  • Preparation for a variety of positions across higher education

Coursework Highlights

The Higher Educational Leadership concentration offers courses that are designed to increase knowledge and understanding of several education concepts, such as:

Class Number Class Name
ELHE 5300 Higher Education History
ELHE 5301 Higher Education Student Services
ELHE 5302 Higher Education Finance
ELHE 5303 The Comprehensive Community College
ELHE 5304 Higher Education Leadership
ELHE 5305 Higher Education Politics and Policy

Students will be require to take 12 hours of Educational Leadership core courses. To learn more, view our degree plan. 

Facilities and Features

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Program Exclusive Graduate Assistantships

The Higher Educational Leadership program is now offering thirteen exclusive Graduate Assistantships for our students. These positions will give students hands-on experience that will be applicable in a variety of career settings, as well as ample networking opportunities. To learn more about our Graduate Assistantships, contact Dr. Farmer

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Educator Preparation Service (EPS)

Educator Preparation Service is designed to assist both undergraduate and graduate students. Our testing and certification service provide resources to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification via the TMATE alternative certification program. Students seeking a professional certificate through one of our graduate level certification programs can also benefit from these service.

Texas Center for Educational Facilities

Texas Center for Educational Facilities

Initiated in 2008, the Tarleton Research Laboratory on Educational Facilities (TRLEF) is a unique partnership with a local architectural firm, whose primary goal is to provide evidence-based research to public schools regarding the impact of facility design on student learning capacities. 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.