Sep 20, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Chair:  Dr. Anthony Rolle

The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (DELPS) in the College of Education at the University of Houston strives to be among the nation’s premier departments of graduate study for the development, management, and evaluation of K-20 educational organizations.  Faculty and staff prepare aspiring educational leaders who will develop innovative, efficient, and socially just educational policy solutions through collaborative research, praxis, and practice activities.  In addition, DELPS faculty and staff continuously maintain - and pursue - mutually beneficial school, district, college, university, legislative, and corporate partnerships to improve educational environments, organizations, and learning outcomes for all students. DELPS offers doctoral and master degree programs preparing university faculty, policy analysts, organizational managers, and educational administrators.

Academic Programs:

Master of Education (MEd)

This degree program has the following areas of specialization:

The Master of Education (MEd) in Administration and Supervision emphasizes study and exploration of how the traditional school management roles of budgeting, personnel selection and assignments, technology integration, facilities allocation, and program evaluation achieve the best interests of academic and organizational improvement.  This thirty (30) credit hour academic program provides opportunities for individual to development the proficient uses of communication strategies, relationship-building techniques, and change processes target leadership facilitation and engagement of stakeholders in this endeavor.  Through this specialized coursework, students also prepare for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) for principal certification.

The Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education prepares those who aspire to leadership positions in student affairs and student personnel services within a college or university.  This thirty-six (36) credit hour academic program provides theoretical foundations and practical experiences offered within a diverse setting which prepares students to become community college and university administrators in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society.  Grounded philosophically in beliefs that higher educational organizations are transformational institutions of social change, the program prepares aspiring scholars, analysts, and practitioners to generate and apply research aimed at expanding critical understandings of postsecondary education and its roles in society.

The Masters of Education (MEd) in Special Populations program prepares professionals for the high-needs field of Special Education.  Graduates find abundant opportunities for challenging and rewarding careers.  This thirty-six (36) credit hour program offers two tracks: (1) Special Education Emphasis focuses on obtaining the necessary capacity for working with students with disabilities, as well as meets certification requirements to teach special education (EC-12) in the state of Texas; and, (2) Educational Diagnostician Emphasis prepares students for certification as Educational Diagnosticians in Texas Public Schools.  Students in this program currently hold a teaching certificate in the State of Texas. This program extends teachers’ special education expertise by developing the necessary skillset to assess and identify learning problems in children, consult with parents and teachers in a multidisciplinary setting, and assume leadership roles.


Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Professional Leadership

This degree program has the following area of specialization:

The Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership prepares students for Professional and Administrative Leadership positions in a variety of settings. The program provides intensive research and applied skills for students grappling with real-world concerns in education. Students bring the most pressing concerns experienced by the educational community to each course. This fifty-one (51) credit hour academic program places a strong emphasis on reflective, creative and critical thinking when dealing with problems and dilemmas. It develops professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills through coursework, laboratory of practice, doctoral thesis, and preparation for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) for superintendent certification.

The Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership - Special Populations prepares graduates for Professional and Instructional Leadership positions in a variety of settings and provides them with the tools to meet the needs of students with disabilities (i.e., traditional special education), students with gifts & talents, English language learners, historically under-represented minorities, and, students who require greater levels of instructional support all students. This fifty-one (51) credit hour program provides intensive research and applied skills development for students who contend with any of these real-world concerns. Graduates are ready to assume positions as coaches, consultants, directors, and instructional leaders who grapple with the challenges faced by many students in the nation’s schools. 

Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies

Grounded in a belief that the transformational nature of higher education is an instrument for individual, institutional, and social change, the primary objectives of the  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies program are to advance scholarship, analysis, and practice around issues of access, equity, affordability, student learning, degree completion, and excellence in higher education.  This sixty-six (66) credit hour academic program emphasizes learning opportunities facilitated by a group of researchers and scholar-practitioners who bring important and multidisciplinary sets of experiences to bear in the form of widely recognized research and critical service in substantive leadership roles (e.g., experiences as university chancellor, provost, or president).  Ultimately, these efforts aim to strengthen higher education research and practice at the local, state, national, and international levels.


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