Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Ethical Special Educational Leadership

Hybrid or 100% Online 30 credits * 18 months

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Experienced general and special educators with at least two years teaching experience who are interested in a leadership role involving special education services in a K-12 school or district.

What You Learn

School and school district leaders play a key role when it comes to student decision-making relative to special education services. Unfortunately, these leaders often feel underprepared to help ensure that decisions made are ethical ones in the best interest of the student. To better meet the need of future school and district leaders, the focus of the Preparation of Ethical Special Education Leaders (PESEL) program is twofold. First, it provides future leaders with cutting-edge research-based special education content geared to school and district ethical leadership issues. The program also provides state of the art educational leadership theories and practices geared to specific ethical special education decision-making issues.

How You Learn

Face-to-Face: This is a cohort program. Students will take one course at a time, attending class one night a week from 5:00 to 8:00, with three (3) hours of additional online work every week. Every semester, students will complete two seven (7) week courses. Students will only meet three times a semester for a face-to-face meeting with the course professor. The bulk of the work is done on the student’s campus and in independent work. During Summer Session, students will attend two different night classes. Summer Session begins the last week in May and continues until the first week in July. Summer Session hours run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Online: This is an online cohort program. Students will check in online to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. While there are no face-to-face requirements, some live online sessions and/or conference call sessions may be required. Students will finish two courses every 15 weeks.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the full program, students will earn a Master of Education degree in Ethical Special Education Leadership. Program completers can pursue two career paths. The primary path is towards Principal Certification and the TExES Principal Exam for principal certification in the state of Texas. Principal certification is typically needed for all administrative positions, from assistant principal to assistant superintendent in Texas K-12 schools.

The other career path is as a leader in a special education role.


You will have a two year service obligation for each of your two years of program participation. This service obligation will require you to be in a special education leadership role for four years following the completion of the program. If you are unable to secure a special education leadership position, you can meet this requirement in a non-leadership special education role.

Degree Plan

Course NumbersTitleHours
 Course Requirements3
EDUC 6326
Educational Research and Scholarly Writing
 Specialization Courses27
EDUC 5320
Exceptionality in today’s Schools
EDUC 5345
Evidence Based Practices for Students with Mild Disabilities
EDUC 6324
Universal Design for Learning
EDUC 5322
Evidence Based Practices/ Students with Emotional Disorders
EDUC 5310
Instructional Supervision
EDUC 6335
Administrative Practicum
EDUC 5391
School Law
EDUC 6336
Administrative Practicum II
EDUC 5392
The Principalship
 Total Credit Hours:30
Please Note:

Please note that the above degree plan is not an official class schedule and is subject to change.