Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership

Program Description | Admission | Degree Plans | Courses

Program Description

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 and Counseling.


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 edu_elc@shsu.edu

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. Optional: Official GRE scores

Course Prerequisites are strictly observed.

Degree Plan

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Instructional Leadership

1 INSL 6372 is the last course to be taken in the sequence of courses. It may be taken with one or two other courses.
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.
3 Selections should be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Instructional Leadership
Course Name Hours
Courses (24 credit hours)
Choose all from:
INSL 5378 Curriculum Planning 3
INSL 5379 Methods of Research 3
EDAD 5386 Special Populations and Special Programs 3
INSL 6360 Psychology of Learning 3
INSL 6368 Instructional Supervision 3
INSL 6372 Practicum in Instructional Leadership1 3
INSL 6386 Field Studies in Educational Administration 3
EDAD 6394 Instructional Leadership Development2 3
Minor Field (6 credit hours)
Choose two from:
5000 or above approved courses3 6
Total 30


Instructional Leadership (INSL)
Education Administration (EDAD)

Return to top

Sam Houston State Logo

Sam Houston State University | Huntsville, Texas 77341 | (936) 294-1111 | (866)BEARKAT Member TSUS
© Copyright Sam Houston State University | All rights reserved. | Contact Web Editor