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A&M-Commerce Department of Educational Leadership Gains Funding for Region 10 Partnership


Dr. Teresa Farler, assistant professor of educational leadership at Texas A&M University-Commerce, recently secured additional funding for the university’s partnership with Region 10 Educational Service Center.

Dr. Pam Winn, head of the Department of Educational Leadership at A&M-Commerce, reports corporate sponsorships for the 3-year agreement now total $45,000.

The partnership will develop 15 to 20 aspiring superintendents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “As their positive experience with A&M-Commerce increases our presence in the area, our recruiting efforts will become more fruitful,” Winn said. “This is an amazing win for the College of Education and Human Services and for the university.”

Dr. Julia Ballenger, professor of educational leadership at Texas A&M University-Commerce to be Honored by ICPEL


The International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL) recently named Dr. Julia Ballenger, professor of educational leadership at Texas A&M University-Commerce, as recipient of the ICPEL 2021 Living Legend award.

Established in 1999, the award recognizes individuals who lead a life that inspires others and foster a model of genuine care, ethics and professionalism in service to education. Recipients also deliver exemplary service to the ICPEL organization, display dedication to research, teaching and service to the professions, and make significant contributions to the field of educational administration.

Ballenger expressed gratitude to A&M-Commerce associate professor, Dr. Nathan Templeton, who nominated her for the award.

“I am humbled to receive the prestigious Living Legend award,” Ballenger said. “It is an honor to be recognized by colleagues and friends across the United States, including Drs. Martha McCarthy, Fenwick English, Beverly Irby, Carol Mullen, Rosemary Papa, Sandy Harris and Betty Alford.”

Dr. Kimberly McLeod, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, said Ballenger is a distinguished scholar with numerous accolades and awards for her commitment to education.

“Dr. Ballenger exemplifies uncompromising intellect, dignity, grace and advocacy in teaching, research and service to the university and greater learning community,” McLeod said. “We are delighted that ICPEL recognizes her as a living legend and we celebrate her success and trailblazing spirit.”

The Living Legend award will be conferred during the 2021 ICPEL summer conference in Denver, Colorado, scheduled for August 4-5, 2021.

Dr. Nate Templeton named editor of Mentoring & Tutoring Journal

                                        Dr. Templeton
Dr. Nate Templeton has been selected to serve as the editor of the Mentoring & Tutoring journal published by Taylor & Francis in cooperation with the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL). The M&T journal is owned by Taylor & Francis publishing group based in the UK. In 2010 ICPEL--in a contractual agreement with Taylor & Francis-- took over the management and editorial responsibilities of this journal. Dr. Templeton was recently selected to replace Dr. Beverly Irby of Texas A&M University as editor and steps in to fill the editorial role of a recognized international journal that publishes and disseminates the scholarship associated with the leadership field.
Established in 1947, the ICPEL is the oldest organization in the United States representing professors of educational leadership. The organization is committed to serving the interests and needs of professors of educational leadership and practicing school leaders.
We appreciate the Texas A&M Commerce's support and commitment to Dr. Templeton and to the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership. And, again, we are pleased to acknowledge Dr. Templeton's acceptance of the editorial duties on behalf of ICPEL. 

Dr. Holly Ferguson has been named the lone finalist for Prosper ISD Superintendent Job

Prosper ISD Associate Superintendent Dr. Holly Ferguson has been named the district’s lone finalist for the job of superintendent. The announcement was made July 10 by the school board. Following the legally required 21-day waiting period, Ferguson will replace Superintendent Dr. Drew Watkins, who announced last month that he was stepping down after 18 years with the district. Ferguson began her career with Prosper ISD in 1998 as an elementary school teacher. She has since served as a campus principal, executive director of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and, for the past three years, associate superintendent.

“I never would have imagined the day I decided to become a teacher that one day I would be the Prosper ISD Superintendent,” Ferguson said in a press release distributed by the district.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s in educational administration from the University of North Texas, Ferguson completed her Doctorate in Educational leadership at Texas A&M Commerce.
She has also previously worked for Frisco ISD as a teacher, ESL cluster teacher, reading interventionist and assistant principal.Ferguson and her husband, Frisco Fire Department Captain David Ferguson, are the parents of two children: Cade, a 2020 Prosper High School graduate, and Ty, who this fall will be a freshman at the school.

“I have been blessed beyond measure by the one and only Dr. Watkins because he took a chance on me as a young principal and believed in me when I didn’t really deserve it,” Holly Ferguson said. “I have grown up in this district, and over the years I have learned more about life than I could have ever imagined.”

Principal As Instructional Leader (268) Exam 268 Test Prep Session


 Per TEA “Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Pearson is suspending Texas Educator Certification Examination Program exam delivery at their U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson-owned computer-administered test centers for 30 days until April 16, 2020. This decision was made for the health and safety of examinees and proctors. Pearson is sending cancellation notices and instructions for scheduling new appointments directly to examinees. Exam delivery at test centers on college/university campuses and other non-Pearson-owned partner locations are subject to the decisions local to that campus/facility. Please visit the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program web site at for more information”.


TEA continues to work with ETS regarding deadline extensions for PASL submission.  They are hoping to have more definitive information to us by next week. 

Per TEA “Registration for the Spring submission window closes on 3/27, with a submission deadline of 3/31. We are working closely with ETS on a plan to support students and programs during this challenging time and expect more information early next week”

Congratulations Dr. Nate Templeton and Dr. Josh Tremont for receiving the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA) Dissertation of the Year.



Texas A&M University--Commerce  

PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429

#69 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Education Programs |Overall Score 78/100


Texas A&M University--Commerce is ranked No. 69 in Best Online Master's in Education Programs. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. 

#69 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Education Programs

A&M-Commerce Grad Named Top Urban Teacher in the Nation

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Happy Holidays!!

The Educational Leadership department was honored to join together this year with the Commerce ISD Family & Community Engagement (FACE) organization to provide a Christmas tree filled with ornaments and gift cards to a lucky Commerce ISD family.  Alison Walker picked up the tree on Tuesday (December 10th) to deliver to a lucky Commerce family.
A special thanks to Commerce ISD for allowing us this holiday opportunity to give back to our community.
christmas tree


Friends Gala


Dr. Chuck Holt, Donna Holt, Melinda Reid, Dr. Mark Reid


Dr. Chuck Holt, Abbie Harper, Dr. Mark Reid


   *  3-5 hours of A&M-Commerce graduate coursework - $250

   *  6 or more hours of A&M-Commerce graduate coursework - $500


5th safest college campus in Texas!


Source: ADT

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2020 Alumni Ambassador

2020 Alumni Ambassador

Joe Dan Lee is a retired educator that dedicated his life to serving students in Texas public schools. Joe Dan started his career as a Vocational Agriculture teacher in Redwater ISD. After five years of teaching, Joe Dan moved into administration as a campus principal. At the age of 29, he became Superintendent of Schools in Redwater, Longview Pine Tree, and Georgetown ISD’s.

After retiring from Georgetown ISD, Joe Dan continues to serve Texas public school working for the Texas Association of School Boards. 

 Joe Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M Commerce, in 1975. He completed his degree in three years while living and working at the University farm. He became a graduate assistant at East Texas State and completed his Masters of Science degree in 1976. Joe Dan also completed mid- management and superintendent certification at East Texas State.

 Joe Dan has been married to his high school sweetheart, Tracey for the past 44 years. They have two grown daughters, Julie and Jenny and four wonderful grandchildren.  

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Garland ISD Degree Fair


September 2016

Welcome to our ranking of the best online doctoral programs in educational leadership.

Of all the doctoral programs in education available online, education leadership and administration is one of the most popular choices. Earning a doctoral degree in this field opens the door to careers in academia as well as top management positions on college campuses, in K-12 schools, or even with organizations like the Department of Education.

Our initial list of all eligible online doctoral programs in educational leadership came from College Navigator, a searchable database that allowed us to specify a set list of criteria. We accepted as candidates only those schools with online Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs in educational leadership or administration; that are classified as public or private non-profit institutions; and are offered through full four-year colleges. We also limited our search to schools with a maximum acceptance rate of 70% in order to zone in on the more selective programs. To score the remaining programs, we devised a system in which each college or university could obtain points for their performance in specific areas, including:

Size of the program. We used College Navigator to look at the number of doctoral degrees in educational leadership that were awarded for the 2014-15 school year. We correlated higher numbers in this category with program popularity and student retention. It is difficult to know how many students in a particular degree program graduated compared to how many enrolled in any given year, but it is safe to say that colleges that confer high numbers of degrees in a specific field have either taken steps to make that program very appealing to students; worked hard to make sure the students that do enroll, stay enrolled; or both.

ELCC National Recognition. The primary accrediting body for educator training programs at the collegiate level is the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Within this agency, there are several “Specialized Professional Associations” (SPAs) that are linked to specific subfields of education. For example, the ELCC concentrates solely on education leadership. Like most SPAs, the ELCC regularly evaluates graduate programs within this discipline and produces a list of “nationally recognized” schools that maintain a quality and consistency of teaching that deserve a status beyond simply being NCATE-accredited. This category was our main source of information in calculating our top Ed.D educational leadership online ranking. We gave schools points for having recognized doctoral programs as well as master’s programs. In the latter case, we operated upon the belief that if a university earns this prestigious recognition for a lower-level graduate degree, we can take this as an indication of its commitment to providing a top-tier education at all other levels of study as well.

Tuition. As with most of our top rankings, we consider cost to be an important factor – particularly for online degrees that attract working/adult/nontraditional students. For consistency, we acquired all tuition-related information from College Navigator, averaging in-state and out-of-state expenses in the case of public schools.

We awarded points to each school based on their performances in each category and then summed these to produce a final score, which we scaled according to a 100-point maximum score. We have included these scores below along with descriptions of each school and their approximate annual tuition rates.



Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, TX

Online Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Texas A & M University at Commerce offers not only the most affordable online Ed.D. program in higher education in the state, but also arguably the best. As a result, this program is predictably selective—TAMUC only admits two online doctoral cohorts to its online education program every year. But TAMUC’s program is also somewhat self-selecting, distinguishing itself from others on this list due to its explicit focus on educational administration. So while it may be more attractive to those with their hearts set on becoming a principal or superintendent, pure academics need not apply.
Tuition & Fees: $9,010/yr
Score: 90

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Top Ranked Educational Leadership Degree Program

Top Ranked Educational Leadership Degree Program

Texas A & M University-Commerce has been ranked the #11 Educational Administration degree program in the U.S. of 563 qualifying colleges. You can view the Top 20 here