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ELPS Admissions

Please review information regarding the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies admissions requirements for the K-12, Higher Education, and Special Populations programs.

K-12 PROGRAMS

DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Executive Ed.D. K-12 Professional Leadership

  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework and graduate coursework
  • GRE  
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program
  • Writing sample
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation: You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering their names and emails directly into the ApplyWeb application; then, recommenders will receive an email with your request and submission instructions.
  • State of Texas Principal’s Certificate (for all candidates seeking superintendent certification): valid copy that clearly shows all borders and the state seal
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.

M.Ed. Administration and Supervision

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited institution of higher education
  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework
  • GRE: The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the program. The applicant must have at least one of the following from an institution accredited by one of the six regionally accrediting associations to qualify for a waiver: a) an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4-point scale) or b) a master’s degree.
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation: You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering their names and emails directly into the ApplyWeb application; then, recommenders will receive an email with your request and submission instructions.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • State of Texas Educator’s Certificate (for all candidates seeking principal certification): valid copy that clearly shows all borders and the state seal
  • Teaching experience: two years at the time of acceptance or upon completion of the program of study; a service record from the employer can show this teaching experience
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.

Principal Certification Only Program

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Master’s degree in an education related field, earned from an accredited institution of higher education
  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework
  • State of Texas Educator’s Certificate: valid copy that clearly shows all borders and the State seal
  • Teaching experience: two years at the time of acceptance or upon completion of the program of study; a service record from the employer can show this teaching experience
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.

HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Ph.D. Higher Education and Policy Studies

  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework and graduate coursework
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation: You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering their names and emails directly into the ApplyWeb application; then, recommenders will receive an email with your request and submission instructions.
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program
  • Writing sample
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.

M.Ed. Higher Education

  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in  undergraduate coursework
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation: You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering their names and emails directly into the ApplyWeb application; then, recommenders will receive an email with your request and submission instructions.
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.

SPECIAL POPULATIONS PROGRAMS

DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Ed.D. Professional Leadership – Special Populations

  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework and graduate coursework
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation: You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering their names and emails directly into the ApplyWeb application; then, recommenders will receive an email with your request and submission instructions.
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program
  • Writing sample
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.

M.Ed. Special Populations

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Three letters of recommendation: You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering their names and emails directly into the ApplyWeb application; then, recommenders will receive an email with your request and submission instructions.
  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework. . For certification, TEA requires a minimum GPA of 2.5.  
  • GRE: The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the program. The applicant must have at least one of the following from an institution accredited by one of the six regionally accrediting associations to qualify for a waiver: a) an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4-point scale) or b) a master’s degree.
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program (see specific directions here for Special Education Certification and Educational Diagnostician Certification).
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • State of Texas Educator’s Certificate showing a currently valid teaching certificate (for Educational Diagnostician concentration only)
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.

Educational Diagnostician Certification

  • Master’s degree earned from an accredited institution of higher education
  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework and graduate coursework. TEA requires a minimum GPA of 2.5. 
  • State of Texas Educator’s Certificate showing a currently valid teaching certificate
  • Three years creditable teaching service:
    • Service record with signature from HR representative demonstrating three years of teaching experience either at the time of acceptance, or
    • Evidence that the applicant will have three years of service by program completion
  • Three letters of recommendation: You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering their names and emails directly into the ApplyWeb application; then, recommenders will receive an email with your request and submission instructions.
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program (see specific directions here).
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Please review additional requirements and application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.