Master of Education in Educational Administration

(100% Online and Residential)

Program Description

The Educational Administration program prepares graduate students for positions as principals or assistant principals in elementary, middle or high schools, and for such district-wide administrative positions as program directorships and supervisor or coordinator positions. The Master of Educational Administration program is designed to enhance students’ abilities in planning, organizing, delegating, supervising, and leading through a variety of activities, procedures, and experiences, some of which are campus-based and some field-based. Students completing the program may also qualify for the Texas Standard Principal Certificate after passing the TExES exam.

Course Emphasis

Courses designed to meet the needs of Effective School Leaders

  • Instructional Leadership and Evaluation
  • Leadership for Inclusive Education
  • Interpersonal Communication and Public Relations
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • The Role of the Principal
  • School Business Management and Finance
  • Systems Thinking: Theory and Application
  • School Law
  • School Personnel Leadership
  • Administration Theory and Practice
  • Creating and assessing school health, culture and climate

Students in this program are well-prepared to be candidates for administrative positions. Students will regularly apply skills and knowledge gained in courses to their school setting, and will benefit from former and current educational administrators as professors and adjunct professors. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research independently and in conjunction with HBU faculty, to present papers at conferences, to publish, and to interact with practicing administrators representing a wide spectrum of approaches and philosophies. We also offer this program completely online with clinical experiences such as principal internship and TEA-sanctioned trainings: Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) and Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS).

HBU Campus

Courses are offered at times convenient for full-time teachers. All EDAD courses are offered in a hybrid/online format. Students will be meeting at  HBU to interact with professors who have leadership experience in public and private schools. However, some of the course learning activities have been moved online, making it possible to utilize a hybrid format. Classes will typically meet face-to-face one week, and then online the next.


Online courses are offered in eight-week cycles. You can complete many of our degree programs at your own pace. Students will complete weekly assignments, readings, discussions, and occasional group work, as well as exams and other activities designed to enhance learning outcomes, all at times that are most convenient to you. Note:  Online students will be required to come to the HBU campus for AEL and T-TESS trainings. The Texas Education Agency does not allow any university to offer these trainings online.

In-District Cohorts

Students enrolling in our courses through the district cohort program take their classes together, an approach which encourages learning and discussion focused on their school district and the unique opportunities, challenges and dynamics affecting their workplace. Courses are offered at times convenient for full-time teachers and can be scheduled to meet the needs of other school system personnel. They will be offered in a face-to-face and online hybrid format. Cohort program partnerships are established between HBU and specific school districts; participating students enroll individually.

For more information, or to discuss starting a cohort for your school district, please contact:

Dr. Lesli Fridge, Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Education

Office Phone: (281) 649-3307


Texas Principal Certification Only Program

The Principal certificate plan consists of 18 hours of graduate coursework. Required for the plan is the completion of the Administration Core (15 hours) and the Principal Internship and Leadership Seminar (3 hours).

In order to fulfill principal certification requirements, students must successfully complete the 18 hours of coursework, have a valid Texas teaching certificate, two years of successful full-time classroom teaching in an approved accredited school, and pass the principal state assessment.

Students who meet the graduate admissions requirements to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (COEBS) must meet additional requirements prior to being admitted to the Principal Certification program. Each applicant must:

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 over the last 60 hours
  • Provide proof of having a valid Texas teaching certificate
  • Provide a letter of support from a school building administrator

Check prerequisites before enrolling in any courses. Students will be eligible to register for EDAD 6191 (1 hour) or 6193(1 hour) after they have completed at least 12 hours of the course requirements.  Students must complete 160 hours of school leadership on-the-job activities while being mentored by a school leader who has a principal certification. Students will participate in Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) appraiser training. Internships are offered in the Spring and Fall semesters.



The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers me the chance to become someone I’ve never deemed possible – a true leader in Education. Each class, along with each professor, offered me the type of education I’ve never thought possible. It also fostered a sense of purpose in me as a student and leader to make a difference in a child’s life and to also change the world. HBU through the COEBS truly embodies the word “inspiration!”

~Halee Porter, 2016 Graduate