The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development (EAHR) develops educational leaders and improves practice through teaching, research and service in the areas of public school administration, human resource development, higher education administration, adult education and student affairs administration. Statewide and nationally, EAHR graduates, faculty and staff play major roles in the education of children and adults.

As one of four departments in the School of Education and Human Development, EAHR is currently home to about 380 undergraduate students, 392 graduate students, 22 faculty and 22 staff.

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Education Administration
PK-12 Educational Leadership
Higher Education Administration
Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
Educational Human Resource Development
Workforce, Adult, & Lifelong Education (WALE)
Human Resource Development
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“What I enjoy most are the opportunities to work with such a diverse, intelligent, talented group of life-long learners,” said Druery. “People who are helpful, friendly and want to see you succeed encourage me on a daily basis.”

 – Donna Druery

Master's in Educational Administration, emphasis in:

PK-12 Educational Leadership

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration, emphasis in PK-12 Educational Leadership


The department, in collaboration with faculty members and renowned expert practitioners, offers a PK-12 School Administration Program in which culturally-responsive educational leaders are developed to be change agents for creating effective schools. Staying true to the land-grant mission of Texas A&M, this unique program is infused with the ideals and practices of social justice, social responsibility, and equity through coursework.

This distinctive two-year program advances leaders who understand the multifaceted educational, social, moral, cultural, legal, political, and fiscal aspects of effective schools. Graduates of this program are instructional leaders who are able to promote the growth of all students through:

  • The establishment of a vision, mission, and goals,
  • The cultivation of a strong culture of instruction, and
  • The provision of teacher professional development, reflective practice, and resources.

These leaders are able to develop a team, inclusive of community members and parents, which can evaluate the impact of the comprehensive programs offered to learners and plan strategically for great results.

This 36-credit hour master’s degree program is comprised of coursework aligned with the Texas State Board of Educator Certification Principal Domains, Competencies, and Standards and includes two semesters of internship. Upon successful completion of the program and approval of the program faculty, candidates may sit for the TExES state principal examination.

Admissions Deadline: December 1, 2023

Candidates are selected for membership in a cohort based on the following:

  • Holding a bachelor’s degree,
  • Holding a teaching certificate in PK-12,
  • Having at least two years of full-time teaching experience upon entering or upon completing the program,
  • Engaging in an interview with faculty, and
  • Having involvement in leadership activities.

Candidates typically maintain their current employment while pursuing this degree.

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to Texas A&M University and the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.

How to apply

Program Details

Degree: Master’s in Educational Administration
Emphasis: PK-12 Educational Leadership
Degrees Offered: Master of Education
Credit Hours: Online, Cohort Model (36 hours completed over 2 years, 5 semesters)

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Residence Requirements

All graduate students must complete a residency requirement set forth by Texas A&M University, specific for the degree program of interest unless appropriate documentation can be provided that the individual is employed full-time.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am seeking principal certification. Is this the program I should apply to?

Yes. You need to apply to the M.Ed. in Educational Administration if you are seeking principal certification in the state of Texas.

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Is the M.Ed. in Educational Administration (PK-12 Educational Leadership) an online program?

Yes. The M.Ed. program courses are offered 100% online. Students are required to come to campus for a training one weekend during their second Spring semester.

Can you guide me through the application process?

Completed Application

  • A completed Texas A&M University GraduateCAS application.
  • The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable $89 application fee for domestic applicants and $114 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060.
  • Official transcripts and records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

Note: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. Learn more about submitting official transcripts.

How to Apply:

How soon can I apply?

  • Applications for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration program are accepted between August 1 and December 1.
  • Cohorts are admitted once a year, and start each Fall semester.

What are the typical program costs?

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Please note, you must update the program hours.

Is financial aid available for this program?

Yes, financial assistance is available through the Student Financial Aid Office. 

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Notice to students pursuing programs that may lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

The program you are interested in or have applied for may lead to professional license or certification that is required for employment. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification where students are located. In addition, the regulation requires a direct disclosure be provided when a program’s curriculum does not meet state requirements or if the institution has not made a determination if a program’s curriculum meets state requirements. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program.

The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

  • has not made a determination of whether the M.Ed. in Educational Administration meets the educational requirements for AS, CNMI, GU, MH, FM, and PW

We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program.

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