Top Ranked Master's Program in Educational Leadership - Dallas, TX

Dallas has around nine schools with master's programs in educational leadership. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

While Dallas has only one school offering an advanced degree in educational leadership, students intending to pursue this degree can find institutions in nearby cities such as Fort Worth and Denton. The following universities are considered the top three schools in the Dallas area for earning a master's degree in educational leadership based on rankings, number of degrees granted and graduation rates:

  • Winner: Texas Christian University earns the top spot based on its national ranking and high graduation rate. It also has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio among the three schools.
  • Runner Up #1: Placing second is the University of North Texas, which awards the highest number of master's degrees in educational leadership among the three schools. It is also the largest in terms of student enrollment, the only public university among the schools and ties Texas Christian University for its graduation education program ranking.
  • Runner Up #2: Dallas Baptist University appears in the second runner up spot because of its regional ranking and because it is the only school located directly in Dallas that awards a master's degree in educational leadership. It also has the second-highest graduation rate of the schools listed here.

School Comparison Chart

Category Texas Christian University University of North Texas Dallas Baptist University
Rankings 82nd among national universities in 2014;
132nd among best graduate education schools in 2014, nationwide (tied)*
132nd among best graduate education schools in 2014, nationwide (tied)* 49th among regional universities (West) in 2014*
Location Fort Worth, TX (32.6 miles from Dallas) Denton, TX (35.6 miles from Dallas) Dallas, TX
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Graduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $21,648** $6,702 (in-state),
$13,022 (out-of-state)**
$12,926**
Educational Leadership Degree Levels Offered Master's and doctoral degrees Master's and doctoral degrees Master's and doctoral degrees
Educational Leadership Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 23** 98** 46**
Most Popular Educational Leadership Program in 2011-2012 Master of Education in Educational Leadership (18 awarded)** Master of Education in Educational Leadership (91 awarded)** Master of Education in Educational Leadership (45 awarded)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 75%** 48%** 54%**
Noteworthy Master's degree program features an optional track in higher education leadership UNT hosts an annual educational leadership conference Dual degree options available in business administration, curriculum and instruction, reading and English as a second language, special education and school counseling

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: Texas Christian University

  • 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Internship and practicum opportunities are featured
  • Both certification and non-certification options are available
  • Students create a digital portfolio in leadership and do a presentation

Featuring coursework and opportunities to practice in the field, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program at Texas Christian University can prepare students for positions as school principals or leaders in higher education. Students in the certification program may complete coursework in leadership, education research, law and ethics, educational policy and teaching trends. Students who aren't seeking certification take similar courses along with some electives. While the certification track includes practicums, the non-certification and higher education leadership tracks feature internship opportunities.

Runner-Up #1: University of North Texas

  • Practicum experience combines classroom discussion with contact hours in an educational administration office
  • Flexible course formats include online courses, hybrid courses and off-campus field courses
  • Students concurrently earn Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) and Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) certification while earning their degree
  • Programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

UNT's Master of Education in Educational Leadership program leads to the degree, principal certification (with an additional internship) and other professional certifications in ILD and PDAS. Required courses for the M.Ed. cover topics such as K-12 administration, organizational change, school law, leadership and diversity issues in education. The off-campus courses are taught at sites in the Dallas, Lewisville and Allen school districts, among others. A fully online version of the M.Ed. program is also available.

Runner-Up #2: Dallas Baptist University

  • Online and hybrid courses are available, in addition to on-campus coursework
  • Professors are practitioners in educational leadership
  • Program provides preparation for principal certification
  • Students do a community service project during the program

Dallas Baptist University's Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare students to take the Texas principal certification exam. Students complete courses in areas that include education research, curriculum design, principalship, school personnel administration, instructional leadership development and school law. In addition, an educational leadership seminar and internship are required. Students also create professional portfolios to showcase their accomplishments throughout the program.


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