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Educational Management M.S. with Principal as Instructional Leader Certification

Leverage Your Leadership Strengths

The University of Houston-Clear Lake, with its alumni footprint throughout Texas and especially the Houston area, provides its graduates not only with a state-recognized high-quality preparation program, but also with the networking capacity to find mentors and colleagues who share and understand the expectations of great leaders. In schools from Sealy to Beaumont, from Galveston to Conroe, you will find UHCL alumni in educational leadership positions who are very willing to support your professional goals. With their support and the support of others, your efforts as a candidate will land you the position you seek. Imagine having the benefits of academic and fieldwork experiences that provide you with the professional understanding of the "right things" and the evidence that shows you've done them.

You'll become prepared to bring innovative and workable solutions to the challenges you’ll face as a school administrator, and you'll build the needed skills to evaluate transformational concepts and technologies, conduct meaningful assessments and develop curricula that meet a wide range of learning objectives. Because courses are offered both face-to-face and in an online hybrid format, you have the flexibility to complete your coursework according to your work schedule.

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Become a Change Leader in Your School

Learn to model the behaviors of collaboration and effective teaching that you'll expect from the teachers on your staff. You're on your way to becoming an instructional innovator and coach, and that’s why your coursework focuses on educational leadership skills, effective leadership in learning environments, state and federal school law, and school finance. In addition to the Master of Science with Principal as Instructional Leader Certification, you will also earn the required Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) and Texas Teachers Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) certificates.

Admission Requirements

Eager to make your dreams come true by studying at UHCL? Make sure you have what it takes to begin your journey to success.

  • Educational Management M.S.
  • Application

    The UHCL application is available online through Apply Texas.

  • Requirements
    • Bachelor's Degree and a 3.000 GPA over the last 60 semester credit hours.
    • Graduate Records Examination (GRE):
      • GRE is not required if GPA in last 60 hours is 3.000 or above.
      • GRE is required if GPA in last 60 hours is 2.750-3.000
        • Minimum required GRE scores: 294 combined on the Quantitative & Verbal, 3.5 Analytical Writing
    • Hold a valid Texas Teaching Certificate
    • Official Transcripts
      • Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.

    The following items must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):

    • Letter of Support from School Building Administrator
    • Teacher Service Record (TSR)
    • College of Education Advanced Certification Program Application
    • Admissions Essay (1-2 pages) that addresses the following prompts:
      • Why do you wish to pursue a master’s degree in Educational Management?
      • Describe the strengths and/or experiences you possess that will be an asset to you in this program.
      • In what ways will this degree enable you to make meaningful contributions to your school community (staff, scholars, families, community)?
    • Interview Video
      • Record a 5-8 minute video of yourself that answers the following questions:
        • What can you tell us about yourself and your experiences that will make you a good candidate for the Principal as Instructional Leader program?
        • What does leadership mean to you?
        • How do you use critical self-reflection in your professional growth?
        • Explain how you plan to balance self-care, role responsibilities/expectations, and the rigor of a graduate program?
      • Upload the video of YouTube as "unlisted" and then paste the link to your video into a word document and upload it to your E-Services Account.

    Admission Essay and Interview video will be scored based on program established rubrics.

    Once your application has been approved, you will be prompted to formally accept your office of admission to the program and pay a required $37 TEA Admission fee.

Degree Requirements

Ready to learn about the classes you need to take to earn your degree from the College of Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake? Find out all you need to know about the required course work, complete with options for electives.

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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority Deadline - May 1
    Extended Deadline - June 1

  • Spring

    Deadline - October 1

  • Summer*

    Deadline - April 1

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


University of Houston-Clear Lake

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Houston, TX 77058

Phone: (281) 283-7600

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Pearland, Texas 77581
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Phone: 281-212-1611

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Accreditations and Distinctions

The College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

We've earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

Educational Management M.S. with Principal as Instructional Leader Certification Faculty

Antonio Corrales
Antonio Corrales

Antonio Corrales

Doctoral Program Director and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,

Contact number: 281-283-3588
Office: Bayou Suite 1111

Antonio Corrales Faculty Bio

John Decman
John Decman

John Decman

Professor of Educational Leadership,

Contact number: 281-283-3548
Office: Bayou Suite 1125

John Decman Faculty Bio

Jennifer Grace
Jennifer Grace

Jennifer Grace

Administration and Supervision Program Director and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership,

Contact number: 281-283-3523
Office: Bayou Suite 1111-8

Jennifer Grace Faculty Bio

Queinnise Miller
Queinnise Miller

Queinnise Miller

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership,

Contact number: 281-283-3512
Office: B1111-13

Queinnise Miller Faculty Bio

Felix Simieou
Felix Simieou

Felix Simieou III

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,

Contact number: 281-283-3589
Office: Bayou Suite 1125

Felix Simieou III Faculty Bio