Educational Leadership (EDLD)

  • Doctor of Education - Ed.D. - Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education and Principal Certification Program - M. Ed. - School Leadership
  • Superintendent Certification
  • Teacher Leadership Certificate

EDLD program faculty are continuously admitting students. Apply NOW!

Master's/Principal Certification NEWS: We are looking for future leaders who want to make a difference and who believe that ALL children can succeed. This program was redesigned to provide skill sets in instructional leadership, TAP evaluation, decision making, data-driven decision making, and other essentials for student success. Our program is a 36 hour, 2 year program that is delivered to Lubbock, Fredericksburg, and Hill Country sites on Saturdays and through online courses. Apply online through the College of Education. If you have questions after reading our master's handbook, please contact Joe Claudet at or Heather Kruk at

Ed.D. NEWS: Our Ed.D. is now part of an initiative spearheaded by 50+ universities and the Carnegie Institute to address complex, messy problems in K-12. Become a part of that impressive effort, and make a difference. Our program of studies is two and a half years and the dissertation can be finished in a year. Faculty will work closely with you every step of the way. For more information contact Joe Claudet at or Heather Kruk at

Superintendent NEWS: Our superintendent program has changed. Three courses are now incorporated into the Ed.D. program for dual credit in the Ed.D. program. If you have further questions after reading the superintendent handbook, please contact Heather Kruk at

New Certificate
Teacher Leadership Certificate: If you want to be a teacher leader, this 15-hour certificate is for you. The certificate will hone your skills in instructional leadership, data-driven decision making and communication, communication, and mentoring. Why these skills? Because we know that teacher leaders who are skilled in instructional leadership, data communication, and communication can help improve student achievement. By establishing and maintaining relationships, teacher leaders can mentor novice teachers to hone the skills they need to be successful. Please see our handbook on Teacher Leadership for more information. Please contact Fernando Valle at or Heather Kruk at for more information.

IMPORTANT: For application help contact Pam Smith at

About the Program

  • Exciting things have been happening within the Educational Leadership program. We have a new 15-hour Teacher Leadership Certificate that we will launch this fall. Sign up now if you would like to be a part of this initiative.

Program faculty have refocused the Master's and Principal Certification Preparation Program (M.Ed.) as a 36-hour, two year program that trains beginning administrators to be school reform agents within K-12 schools. If you have the disposition and the desire to reform schools, this is the program for you. Please see our master's handbook for more details including the program of study. It is unlike anything we have offered in the past as it combines threads of instructional leadership, communication, and skills for school reform across all courses.

Program faculty have also made changes to the Doctoral Program (Ed.D.) as well. We are engaged with the Carnegie Initiative, a nation-wide movement of numerous colleges and universities, to examine, refocus, and re-engage the Ed.D. with K-12 issues, problems, and focus. It is an exciting time for prospective doctoral students as this involvement puts our Ed.D. doctoral program in the forefront of a nation-wide initiative of reform at the doctoral level. Look for exciting changes to come in our Ed.D. as we shape it to focus on intervention dissertations, impact in the K-12 arena, and focusing groups of dissertations to examine complex, messy problems in K-12.

Finally, the Educational Leadership (EDLD) academic program offers a Superintendent Certification program. This five course program begins with three courses in the doctoral program and continues through summer and fall to develop aspiring superintendents.

Links to our M.Ed., Ed.D., and superintendent handbooks can be found to the right of this text in the featured box. There you will find admission requirements and admission procedures plus programs of study and information about what happens after admittance. We hope you take the opportunity to join our programs as we focus energy and thought into producing school administrators that will change the current dynamics of K-12 education.


Program work within Educational Leadership is developed and guided by a strong conceptual framework, the standards from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), guidelines from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), criteria from the State of Texas, and the sound professional judgment of an experienced and caring faculty.

Recent Graduates and their Chairs

Photograph of recent Educational Leadership graduate students in their graduation robes.

Close-up photograph of two smiling Educational Leadership graduate students in their graduation robes, preparing to receive their diplomas.