Educational Leadership :: Welcome

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The Department of Educational Leadership is committed to helping you guide future generations through leadership roles in K-12 education in Texas and beyond. Our programs include master’s and doctorate degree plans as well as principal and superintendent preparation programs.

Addressing the needs of a diverse range of students, we offer course delivery modes that are mindful of your time, geographic and economic considerations. Most coursework is now fully online, while some certification courses incorporate onsite learning to satisfy state requirements for principal and superintendent preparation programs.

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Educational Leadership :: Welcome from the Department Head

Dr. Demarquis Hayes

Welcome from the Department Head

The Department of Educational Leadership graduates more than 200 students each year and is one of the largest administrator preparation programs in the state. Faculty utilizes a variety of innovative teaching processes to reach a diversified student population across the state.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has one of the highest graduation rates among Texas public institutions for doctoral programs. The Department of Educational Leadership ranks near the top in Texas in the preparation of K-12 Principals and Superintendents. Our programs are designed for the working practitioner while holding to the highest standards of scholarship and professionalism.

DeMarquis Hayes, Ph.D.
Acting Department Head
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Educational Leadership :: Explore Our Programs

Explore Our Programs

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EDL::Experienced Practitioners

Experienced Practitioners

Our faculty members have held various K-12 administrative positions, from assistant principal and principal to superintendent. We are eager to share our decades of experience to help you synthesize research findings, theory and praxis into a certification or degree that will position you to lead with confidence.

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Student and Related Organizations

Phi Delta Kappa

Established in 1906, Phi Delta Kappa International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.


The Department of Educational Leadership is proud to be affiliated with these organizations.

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EDL Student Resources

Student Resources

Access resources relevant to students in the Educational Leadership program.

Student Presentations

View a sample of recent professional presentations given by our doctoral students.

Presentations

Caston, J., & Thompson, J. R. (2021). A narrative inquiry to explore the experiences of African American male graduates from an alternative learning program [Presentation]. International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Conference Within A Conference, Texas Association of School Administrators.

Calderaro, L., & Thompson, J. R. (2021). Technology education: Teachers’ lived experiences for high school student career readiness [Presentation]. Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration Mid-Winter Conference (Conference within a Conference).

Morrison, S., & Thompson, J. R. (2021). Secondary principal leadership and the impact of engaging hands-on learning strategies [Presentation]. Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration TASA/TEA Mid-Winter Conference (Conference within a Conference).

Caston, J., & Thompson, J. R. (2021). A narrative inquiry to explore the experiences of African American male graduates from an alternative learning program [Presentation]. International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Summer Virtual Conference.

Meyer, E., & Thompson, J. R. (2020). An emerging international phenomenon: Schools of choice [Presentation]. International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Summer Virtual Conference.

Sladana, C., & Thompson, J. R. (January, 2019). Hispanic student graduation rate in college ready English language arts and mathematics in Texas’ lower Rio Grande Valley [Presentation]. TCPEA Conference within a Conference. TASA Midwinter 2019 Yearbook, 4(1), 18-29.

Oliver, J., Holt, W., & Thompson, J. R. (2018). Elementary teacher perceptions of instructional coach effectiveness in suburban Title I campuses: A Q methodology study [Presentation]. International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership.

Spoon, D. F., Thompson, J. R., & Tapper, P. (2018). The principal instructional leadership: Meeting the challenge of inclusivity through an effective mentoring program [Presentation]. International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, San Antonio, Texas.

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Meet our Department

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the master’s degree in educational technology offered online?

Yes, our program is offered completely online.

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How do I apply for financial aid?

First complete and return the Free Application for Student Financial Aid to the Department of Education. Second check with the school’s financial aid department to complete any required documentation. Then complete and return all required forms to the financial aid office of the particular college/university.

For more information, visit How to Apply for Financial Aid.

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How many students are normally accepted into each program? What is the rate of acceptance?

There is no limit in the acceptance rate. Applicants are accepted or rejected based upon their credentials.

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Can I check my admission status?

You can check your admission status online through our My Leo system.

Just click on “Registration/Student Information Access”. Enter your Student I.D. number (Social Security Number). Your initial PIN number will be your six-digit birth date (MMDDYY). You will be asked to change this PIN number to another six digit number.

Under “Student Records” click on “Application Status”. Select the term for which you have applied.

Note: If departmental approval is the only missing item, all documents have been received and the file is with the department for review and recommendation.

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What is the Department of Educational Leadership mission?

The Department of Educational Leadership at A&M-Commerce prepares graduates for teaching, service and leadership roles in a variety of educational, business, governmental and industrial contexts.

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What is the Department of Educational Leadership vision?

The Department of Educational Leadership at A&M-Commerce envisions exemplary programs that challenge highly qualified students to excel in their respective disciplines and careers through engagement in a rigorous and transformative learning environment linking theory to practice while expanding the knowledge base of the learner, the profession and the respective academic discipline.

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What are the Department of Educational Leadership beliefs?

  • We believe faculty lead by example.
  • We believe department success is directly attributable to individual program quality and competitiveness.
  • We believe that high-quality programs are achieved through faculty expectations that instill academic rigor, specific measurable outcomes, student accountability and deliberate evaluation and feedback.
  • We believe that faculty have a major role in mentoring student entry into the ranks of academia.

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When will my application be reviewed for Admission?

Applications are reviewed as they are received. Depending on the time of year, it takes approximately one month to process an application. However, once the application deadline has passed, applications will be reviewed somewhat more quickly.

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Educational Leadership :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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