Master of Education in Educational Leadership

This major prepares administrators for collaborative leadership in a context of rapid and substantive change. Our central task in these classes is the investigation and clarification of core beliefs about schools, young people, and effective education.

To read more about the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program and view the Program of Studies, visit the TCU Online Catalog.

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – Principal Leadership Fellows Cohort Program

Each year, the Principal Fellows program admits a cohort of 10-14 students from partnering districts; those students who meet the rigorous standards for admittance into the Principal Fellows cohort receive discounted tuition through the generosity of corporate, nonprofit, and other partners. Fellows also spend year two of the program working in full time, paid administrative intern positions within their home districts. Principal Fellows follow the same certification oriented degree plan as other M.Ed. seeking students, though some deadlines prior to and during the admissions process vary. Download a pre-application for more information.

Participating School Districts: Fort Worth ISD, Keller ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Crowley ISD, Castleberry ISD


  • Official GRE scores are required for those who do not have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree. The GRE is optional for all other applicants.
  • Applicants seeking to enroll in the coursework leading to certification as a principal must have completed at least one full year of teaching in an accredited school prior to beginning coursework.
  • Please include two professional letters of recommendation and one personal letter of recommendation.  If applying for certification, at least one of the professional references should have a supervisory role.

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a $55 fee when admitted to the program for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years. For the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, certification candidates enrolled in the program will pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

Midpoint Assessment

The links below provide two important resources for the Midpoint assessment: Requirements and Guidelines for completing the assessment and the Application Form to be completed and submitted with the two assessment artifacts. Students must complete their Tier I coursework in Educational Leadership prior to submitting this assessment, and this is a requirement before students can proceed to Tier II courses.

Principal Certification-Only Requirements

Non-degree seeking students (i.e., principal certification-only), who already hold a Master’s degree and who otherwise meet admissions requirements for Educational Leadership, must make an acceptable score on the principal practice examination and successfully complete the following 21 hours of coursework in order to be recommended for principal certification by the Educational Leadership program at TCU:


  • EDLE 60033 – Community Engagement & Culturally Responsive Practice
  • EDLE 60043 – Instructional Leadership A – Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • EDLE 60053 – Instructional Leadership B – Supervision
  • EDLE 60063 – Law & Ethics in Educational Leadership
  • EDLE 60093A – Practicum A
  • EDLE 60093B – Practicum B
  • One of the following courses:
    • EDUC 60043 – Action Research (requires prerequisite EDUC 70953: Research in Education)
    • EDUC 60823 – Program Evaluation
    • EDLE 60083 – Data Use for Educational Leaders

Program Advisors: Dr. Marla McGhee and Dr. Jo Beth Jimerson