Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership

This degree is designed specifically for the candidate who wishes to work in a leadership position that does not require principal certification. These leadership positions include, but or not limited to, positions in schools, agencies, businesses, or organizations. This degree emphasizes research. Candidates participating in this degree program will complete a thesis as part of the requirements for graduation. This degree requires completion of thirty hours of graduate credit. A comprehensive examination is required during the final semester of coursework. The degree plan originates in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Candidates seeking admission to a graduate program in the Department of Educational Leadership  must meet the basic requirements of Graduate Admissions specified in the Admission section of this catalog. Please, contact the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling for additional requirements: Box 2119, Huntsville, Texas, 77341 or by phone (936) 294-1147 or email

Please submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Admission preference given to individuals with a GPA of 3.0 and higher within the last 60 hours
  5. One Reference Form from a supervisor
  6. Personal Essay
  7. Submission of sample research paper
  8. Optional: Official GRE scores

Course Prerequisites are strictly observed.

Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership
EDAD 5386Spc Populations & Spc Programs3
EDAD 6394Advancing Educ Leadership 13
INSL 5378Curriculum Planning3
INSL 5379Methods of Research3
INSL 6360Learning Theory of Educational Leadership3
INSL 6368Instructional Supervision3
INSL 6372Practicum In Instructnl Ldrshp 23
Select two 5000 or above approved courses 36
EDAD 6387Thesis3
Total Hours30

EDAD 6394 will not be included in the degree plan after summer 2015.  INSL 6390 Eval for Instr. Leaders will be included in degree plan beginning fall 2015.


INSL 6372 is the last course to be taken in the sequence of courses. It may be taken with one or two other courses.


Selections should be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.