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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is a 30-hour, non-thesis master's degree which prepares those interested in providing leadership for K-12 schools. The courses, internship, and seminars provide the requisite knowledge and experience needed to lead today's K-12 schools.

The professors are successful practitioners in the field. Their shared experience and understanding of leadership and state policy gives provides a unique understanding of the many facets of school administration. Each course is designed to provide an understanding of the domains and competencies required to be successful on the TExES state principal certification exam.

More than an Education

The learning experiences provided in the degree are based on the state-identified competencies for successful leadership. The future leader will know how to establish and implement a shared vision and culture of high expectations. Students will complete a 160-hour internship learning first hand the responsibilities of instructional leadership. The student has the opportunity to obtain the Advanced Educational Leadership (AEL) certificate required for public school administrators while in the principal certification program.

Students who experience the call to leadership should not delay in fulfilling and next step in their careers. Today's schools are facing many unique challenges that required leaders who know how to promote collaboration and student achievement.

Marked by Service

Christ-centered education gives candidates the foundation to meet the demands of school leadership. The fast-pace nature of K-12 school community requires leadership that is grounded in the how to develop relationships with external and internal stakeholders.

The call to school leadership is a call to servant leadership. School administrator training integrates academic instruction, community service, and guided reflection from a Christ-centered perspective. Schools across the nation are in need of effective, student-centered leadership. Candidates who are called to leadership need to begin preparation now to be ready to step in to a position to ensure student success in academic advancement and in character and social and emotional growth.

Dr. Carolyn Spain, Program Director
"Act now to your call to leadership."

- Dr. Carolyn Spain, Program Director
214-333-5217 | carolyns@dbu.edu



Our classes are led by scholar-practitioners who have years of professional experience in the field.

Dr. Larry McHaney
Adjunct Professor

  • Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University
  • AEL and T-TESS Certification
  • Duncanville Deputy Superintendent - Technology, Learning Services, 2004-2015
  • Superintendent and Mid-management Certification
  • Certified facilitator of Covey's 7 Habits, Leadership, and 4 Disciplines of Execution
  • 3-Day presentation with SIL South America team on Strengths-Based Leadership, Crucial Conversations, and Team-building, Chicago, IL

Dr. Joel Lebsack
Adjunct Professor

  • Ed.D. in Educational Administration, University of Houston
  • Assistant Director of Student Information, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD 2007-2011
  • Assistant Principal, Newman Smith High School 2011-2013
  • Texas superintendent, mid-management, and high school math certifications
  • Secondary author of A Pathway to Restructing: Discussion of a University Pilot for Principalship Preparation

Dr. Mark Ramirez
Adjunct Professor

  • Ed.D. in Education Leadership, Dallas Baptist University
  • Executive Director, Dallas ISD 2015-present
  • Texas Superintendent, Principal, Elementary Self-Contained, Grades 1-6 certifications
  • Leading an initiative to implement an international baccalaureate (IB) at the elementary, middle, and high school campuses
  • Conducted 5 Leadership Development Academies to build leadership capacity within Dallas ISD
  • Honors: Campus Teacher of the Year, Administrator Newcomer of the Year, Campus Most Valuable Player Award

Our program provides several options to customize your master's degree with dual degrees and advanced certificates.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Candidates seeking Texas principal certification will be required to have completed two years of teaching experience prior to being issued principal certification. Candidates who have a master's degree can complete 24-credit hour certificate program for state principal certification.

The admission requirements listed above are specific to this degree program and are supplemental to the Graduate School’s requirements for Full Admission. Admission to one graduate program does not guarantee admission to another. Applicants who show potential for graduate study, but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission, may be admitted for up to 12 hours under provisional status. Students admitted under Provisional Admission will be granted Full Admission upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and fulfillment of the conditions of their admission as determined by the Master’s Degrees Admission Committee.

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