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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Ability to manage campus physical plant and support systems to ensure safety and effective
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
- 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
- Upon approval of the Dean of The Graduate School, applicants are notified of the action
taken on the application.
Students are admitted conditionally or unconditionally. Students admitted with specified
conditions must remove their condition during the first semester upon admission.
- 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.
Students who are admitted to the program must at the completion of the fifty hours
or more be admitted to:
- 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