Educational Leadership


The Master of Education degree with a major in Educational Leadership prepares students for school leadership roles. The program provides opportunities for students to learn and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions set forth in Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards.

A Message from Dr. Kym Acuna

What an exciting time to be an educator! Like the weather in North Texas, change is a common factor in our professional lives when dealing with both educational leadership and educational technology.  We are committed to providing up-to-date information, educational strategies, and technological advances to our graduate-level students in a collegial, nurturing environment.

We offer a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (with principal certification) and a Principal Certification Only program for students who already have a master’s degree; the degree plan will be developed individually for each student depending on what courses have been taken previously.  Our programmatic offerings also include an 18-hour Superintendent Certification Preparation Program, scheduled in cohorts of 5 or more students.

We also offer a master’s degree program in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Bilingual Education/ELL. This degree prepares candidates for the principalship or other administrative position with a comprehensive knowledge of bilingual education and English Language Learners.  This is a 42 hour program, it is scheduled in cohorts of 5 or more students, and it allows the candidate to sit for the TExES principal certification test.  

A combination of distance education via video conferencing and on-line classes allow our Educational Leadership program to be accessed by students from across the state and nation.  Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Bilingual Education/ELL requires attendance at several classes on campus.Our classes are primarily taught by full-time faculty members.   Classes are typically small, allowing close professor-student contact.  We get to know our students personally whether at a distance or face-to-face; we communicate easily and frequently via email and phone.  Our Educational Leadership faculty has extensive experience in public education as well as at the university level.

The MSU Educational Leadership program will prepare you not only to be eligible for certification but also to be competent to do the job.  There are many ways to get a principal certificate, but our goal is that you will be well prepared to perform the tasks of an educational leader in our current challenging environment. 

If you are interested in a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Bilingual Education/ELL, a principal certification only (if you already have a master’s degree), or a superintendent certification, please contact me for further details.  We would love to work with you!