Admission Process and Requirements for Masters Programs (M.Ed. or M.A.) with K-12 Concentration

 Priority Application Deadlines

  • Fall – July 24
  • Spring – January 8

Admission Criteria

Unconditional admission in the M.Ed. and M.A. in Education degree programs requires the following: 

  • Application for admission to the Graduate School; 
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university;
  • Transcripts:  
    • Attainment of an undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0; or attainment of an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0 in all upper division undergraduate coursework;
    • Evidence of successful completion of at least 12 semester hours of coursework in upper division undergraduate coursework in professional education; students who obtain their teaching certification through an alternative program will be advised on an individual basis by the program director.
  • Written Letter of Intent:  A written statement by the applicant describing personal and professional goals as related to the focus of the M.Ed. and M.A. programs in Educational Administration.
  • TOEFL International Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must also provide evidence of acceptable scores (minimum of 550) attained on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). With permission of the department, students scoring lower than 550 may apply to the program providing they are attending formal English classes and attain a score of 550 within a year  
  • Additional Criteria required based on Degree pursuing
    • Master in Educational Administration with Principal Certification (M.A. or M.Ed)
      • A minimum of Two Years Teaching Experience
      • Letters of Recommendation:
        • One from your Principal
        • One from your Assistant Principal
        • One from a Supervisor
      • Copy of Teaching Certificate
      • Copy of your service record from Human Resources in your District
    • Master in Educational Administration without Certification (M.A. or M.Ed)
      • Letters of Recommendation:
        • One from a Supervisor
        • Two Character References (from non-family members)

Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who have been denied unconditional admission to the program in the following situations;

  • Applicants may be admitted conditionally if they furnish evidence of overall Undergraduate GPA over 2.75 with Upper Division GPA over 2.75.
  • Applicants have completed at least 12 semester hours of graduate level coursework with a GPA of at least 3.25.
  • In the above noted cases, the Admissions Review Committee of each program will consider and may admit applicants conditionally.  Terms of any conditional admittance will be determined on an individual basis, and will be specified in writing to the Graduate School and to the applicant.

Non-Degree Programs – Principal & Superintendent Certification

In addition to the M.Ed. and M.A. in Education degree programs, the department offers course work leading to Texas certification in the areas of:  1) School Principal, and 2) School Superintendent.  The Principal Certification Program is available to students who have completed the M.Ed. in Educational Administration in the department as well as to students with a master's degree from another related field. 

Principal Certification Program for Students with M.Ed. in Ed. Administration
A separate application and review process will be completed by those, who after completing a M.Ed. in Educational Administration in the department, seek admission into the program.  When applying to the Principal Certification Program students must submit:

  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Have a valid Texas teaching certificate;
  • Have completed a minimum of two years teaching experience;
  • A passing score (80% or greater) on the TExES Qualifying Examination. 

The application and review process will occur during the final semester of coursework as listed in the student's approved Plan of Study.  The review is based on the standards-based Exit Portfolio presentation which serves as a culmination of learning experiences during the Master's of Education (M.Ed or M.A.) degree program. 

The Principal Certification Program requires two additional internship courses and culminates with certification as a school principal in the state of Texas.  The internship courses are: 

  • EDAD 5375 School Management Internship I
  • EDAD 5376 School Management Internship II.  

Principal Certification Program for Students without M.Ed. in Ed. Administration
Students who don't have a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the department and who wish to pursue principal certification must:

  • Submit three professional letters of recommendation;
  • Have, prior to applying to the program, a master's degree in a related field;
  • A valid Texas teaching certificate;
  • A minimum of two years teaching experience;
  • A passing grade (80% or greater) on the TExES Qualifying Examination
  • An application and review process will be completed prior to admission into the program.

Superintendent Certification Program 
The Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations offers a Superintendent Preparation/Certification Program.  Students who wish to pursue superintendent certification must have, prior to applying to the program;

  • A master's degree;
  • A valid Texas principal certification (prior to 1996 or mid-management administrator 1973 program);
  • A passing grade (80% or greater) on the TExES Qualifying Examination.  

This program is designed as a follow-through educational leadership experience to the principal preparation program to prepare students for 1) executive level positions in school districts, and 2) for the TExES Superintendent Exam (064).  Students enrolled in the program are required to complete the following courses:

  • EDAD 5380 School Organization, Reform & Renewal
  • EDAD 5382 Educational Finance
  • EDAD 5384 Educational Facilities Management
  • EDAD 5386 Educational Policy Development
  • EDAD 5388 Central Office Administration
  • EDAD 5389 School Superintendent Internship

Superintendent Certification plans must be approved by the faculty advisor, the director of the Superintendent Preparation Program Committee, and the certification officer.  After completing all the program requirements, students are able to register for the TExES Superintendent Eam (064).

Application Process
Materials related to your application should be sent to two different offices, in order to avoid delay in your admission decision please submit materials in a timely manner.

  • Submit the following materials to the Graduate School:  
    • Completed Graduate School Admissions Application
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed
    • Application fee
    • TOEFL exam for international students
    • To:   The Graduate School
               Academic Services Bldg. Rm. 223
               El Paso, Texas 79968
               Application Evaluator
  • Submit the following supplemental materials directly to the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations: 
    • Letter of intent
    • Letters of references
    • Copy of Teaching Certificate & District Service Record
    •  To: Educational Leadership and Foundations Department (K-12 Concentration)
              Education Building Room 501 / UTEP 
              500 W. University Ave. 
              El Paso, Texas 79968

For further information about the program, contact: 
Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations
College of Education Room 501
Phone: (915) 747-5300 / Fax: (915) 747-5838 
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