Educational Administration and Foundations
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Educational Administration & Foundations

The Department of Educational Administration and Foundations is one of four departments in the College of Education.  The Department offers programs leading to Masters Degree and Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration, and certifications in Principalship and Superintendency.

The purpose of the Educational Administration and Foundations program is to prepare individual who are competent, caring, committed and culturally responsive educators who possess a strong awareness of their responsibility to organize, lead and manage efficient and effective educational institutions.

Philosophical and Conceptual Framework
The primary philosophical goal of the Department is consistent with the urban programming mission of the University to produce a cadre of educators who are competent, caring, committed and culturally responsive to the urban needs of a diverse society through teaching, research and public service.

Programs Offered
The Department of Educational Administration and Foundations offers Masters and Doctoral degrees in Educational Administration.  Also offered are programs leading to Professional certification in Educational Administration at The Principalship and Superintendency levels.

  • A 36 hour program leading to a Masters Degree In Educational Administration
  • A 42 hour program leading to a Masters of Education and Certification in Educational Administration.
  • A 30 hour program in Certification in Educational Administration.
Master of Educational Administrations
The Master of Education in Educational Administration emphasizes the preparation of competent and caring individuals for the role of principal of elementary and secondary schools.  The program focuses o helping potential administrators become more caring and culturally responsive in their approach to the solution of problems.
In keeping with the mission and vision of the University, great effort is made to prepare individuals who are caring and can serve effectively all children in society as well as development of quality and informed educators who are competent, and who can provide leadership in various areas of education.

Requirements for Certification
In addition to meeting the Graduate School’s requirements for admission, retentions, examinations, candidacy and graduations as listed elsewhere; the student shall:

  • Submit an application, personal information, and recommendations on forms provided by the Graduate School.
  • Submit evidence of holding The Texas Teachers Certificate, and at least two years of classroom teaching experience for the administrator programs.
  • Complete requirements of the Department Screening Committee.
  • File a degree plan and/or Certificate plan with the department and with the Graduate School Office.
Transition Points
A comprehensive Examination will be administered to all students within six (6 hrs.) of graduation.  Eligibility to take the Comprehensive examination, designed by the Educational Administration faculty will be determined by the advisor and Department chair.  Passing the Comprehensive Examination with a score of 80 in the Major area.
 At the completion of 20 hours students may begin to take the TExES while in the program.

Dpartment of Educational Administration and Foundations provides a six hour internship experience to students pursuing professional certification in the Principalship and Superintendency levels.  Students in this 30 hour program submit application for internship experience to the Internship and Field Supervisor who reviews the applications and assists students to various internship sites that maintain partnership with the department (See Internship brochure) for details.

Program Objectives
The programs in Educational Administration are designed to develop, competent, caring committed and culturally responsive educators and individuals in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of shaping campus culture and implementation of issues that is shared by community.
  • Knowledge of communication and collaboration, and mobilization of resources.
  • Ability to act with integrity, fairness in an ethical manner.
  • Knowledge of designing and implementation of curriculum.
  • Ability to care, nurture and develop instructional programs that are conducive to learners.
  • Ability to implement staff evaluation.
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve to ensure effective learning environment.
  • Ability to apply effective leadership to develop and manage campus budget, and resource utilization.
  • Ability to manage campus physical plant and support systems to ensure safety and effective learning.
Doctor of Educational Administration Program
The Department of Educational Administration and Foundations offers a program concentration leading to the Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Administration.
The policies governing admission to the Doctor of Education in the Department of Educational Administration are as follows
  • A student must apply for admission through the Graduate School by filling the appropriate application forms in the Graduate office and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Completed applications are returned from the Graduate School to the Department Doctoral Admission committee for further screening and reviews, gratified students are interviewed and recommendations are made to the College Admissions Committee.
  • The College Admissions Committee upon further review makes recommendations to the Dean of the College who finally recommends qualified applicants to the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Upon approval of the Dean of The Graduate School, applicants are notified of the action taken on the application.
Admissions Criteria
Students are admitted conditionally or unconditionally.  Students admitted with specified conditions must remove their condition during the first semester upon admission.
GRE Score
  • Must score at least 350 on the Quantitative section
  • Must score at least 350 in the Verbal section
  • Must score 350 on the Analytical Writing section
  • Must have at least 3.25 overall GPA in Masters degree (graduate)
  • Must submit three (3) letters of professional and academic reference.
  • One (1) letter must be from the immediate, or most recent, supervisor of the applicant.
  • Two (2) letters must be from faculty members from the last university attended.  
  • Other criteria specified in H-B 1641 will be considered.
  • Writing sample:  Applicant will submit a handwritten writing sample that must be 300 – 600 words, or score 550 on the Verbal Section, or 350 on Analytical writing, or take English 501.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by members of the COE Admissions Committee.
  • Oral Presentations:  Applicants may be required to orally present a piece of work to the COE Admissions Committee.
Transition Points
Students who are admitted to the program must at the completion of the fifty hours or more be admitted to:
  • residency
  • Take a comprehensive or doctoral qualifying examination in R/S, Major area, foundations.  If successful recommended to candidacy.
  • Submit an approved doctoral dissertation topic
  • Set up an approved doctoral dissertation committee needed by a dissertation chair and selected committee members for the college and an assigned member from the Graduated School.
  Lillian B. Poats
College of Education
  Bernell Peltier-Glaze
  Associate Dean,
Academic Affairs, COE
  Jessica Davis
  Assistant Dean,
Student Affairs, COE
  Ingrid Haynes-Mays
  Interim Chair,
Curriculum & Instruction
  Candy Ratliff
  Interim Chair,
  Collette M. Bloom
  Interim Chair,
Ed. Admin & Foundations
  Dwalah Fisher
  Interim Chair,
Health & Kinesiology