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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The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration emphasizes K-12 public school administration. This program is one of the only online doctoral programs in the state.
The Master of Education in Educational Administration degree program will equip you with the leadership, financial and administrative skills needed to become a knowledgeable principal and a great administrator.
The Principal Certification program is designed for potential principals, assistant principals, administrators of curriculum and instruction, and all school administrators holding a position below that of superintendent.
The Superintendent Certification program will equip you for key administrative roles. The program includes a practicum where you will put theory into practice as you work closely with your mentor/site supervisor in active leadership situations.
The Urban School Leadership graduate certificate program at A&M-Commerce will help you gain the knowledge and skills to lead effectively in urban school environments.
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A&M-Commerce alum Dr. Aaliyah Miranda (’19) is featured in a recent Dallas Morning News article describing her journey from experiencing domestic violence to becoming a champion for victims of domestic abuse. Born and raised in Mexico, Miranda immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16. Soon after graduating high school, she was married with […]
The Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA) has selected A&M-Commerce faculty Dr. Kriss Kemp-Graham to receive its 2023 Researcher of the Year award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of educational research and inquiry. Kemp-Graham’s research focuses on school leader cultural competence, systemic school practices and policies adversely impacting the success […]
In a recent Dallas Morning News article, Tiffany Huitt, Dallas ISD’s chief of school leadership, noted A&M-Commerce as one of four higher education institutions the district utilizes to bolster its local pipeline of principal candidates in preparation for expected school leadership shortages. According to Texas Education Agency data cited in the article, A&M-Commerce has produced […]
A&M-Commerce Professor Nathan Templeton is the university’s first Presidential Faculty Fellow. Templeton will assist the university’s leadership team with initiatives including enrollment strategies for Dallas College students at A&M-Commerce and management of Dallas ISD and Tyler ISD cohorts in the Educational Leadership graduate program. “I am thankful for this opportunity to provide leadership to our […]
The Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees recently named A&M-Commerce alum Dr. Deana Steeber as the lone finalist to become its next superintendent. Her 27 years of experience in education includes serving as principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has served as assistant superintendent for Argyle ISD since 2017. […]
Lewisville Independent School District has appointed A&M-Commerce alum Jennifer Driver as the new principal at its Indian Creek Elementary School campus. With 24 years in education, Driver brings with her more than 10 years of principal experience at the elementary and middle school levels. Driver earned her bachelor’s degree in English at A&M-Commerce in 1998, […]
Dr. Nathan Templeton, professor for the Department of Educational Leadership at A&M-Commerce, has been selected by the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL) as recipient of the 2023 Achilles-Hoyle Service Award. According to its website, ICPEL is professional organization committed to the practice and study of educational administration. The Achilles-Hoyle Service Award recognizes […]
The Aspen Institute has selected A&M-Commerce alum Dr. Jerry Thomas to participate in its Rising Presidents Fellowship program. The intensive fellowship aims to reduce turnover in community college presidency by recruiting diverse leaders to drive change and contribute to student success. Currently serving as vice president for Academic Affairs at National Park College in Hot […]
A&M-Commerce alum Dr. Samuel Ogbonna is featured in a recent profile published by Focus Daily News in Dallas, Texas, highlighting his 39-year career in education. Born and raised in Nigeria, Ogbonna moved to the U.S. at age 21 to attend Dallas Baptist University (DBU). After earning his bachelor’s degree, he began a 28-year career as […]
Grapeland Independent School District has unanimously selected A&M-Commerce alum Dr. David Maass as the district’s next superintendent, according to The Messenger newspaper in Grapeland. Maass earned his master’s degree in educational administration in 2006, and his doctorate in higher education in 2018 from A&M-Commerce. He has been an educator since 2003. He has served as […]