Stephen F. Austin State University

Educational Leadership

Welcome to Educational Leadership

Our program offers the following certification preparation and degrees for advanced academic preparation for educational leaders:


Associate Professors
Dr. Ali Hachem, Dr. Summer Pannell, Dr. Barbara Qualls

Assistant Professor
Dr. Brian Uriegas

Visiting Professors
Dr. Maria Betancourt-Smith, Dr. Richard Skuza

Coordinator of Doctoral Program
Dr. Stacy Hendricks

Coordinator of M.Ed. Program
Dr. Barbara Qualls

Coordinator of the Superintendent Certification Program
Dr. Barbara Qualls

Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS The program is nationally accredited through NCATE, has over a 90% pass rate on the TExES, and maintains a rigorous curriculum taught completely by highly qualified professors with successful leadership experience. A scholar-practitioner approach incorporates theory and practice-based learning that focuses on research-based leadership practices, curriculum and instructional leadership, data-driven decision-making, special programs, law, and school and community leadership. Field experiences and/or internship hours are included in all coursework. The university and department are committed to providing courses that are aligned to national and state standards, offer appropriate feedback for learning and growing, and are supportive of all students. The program has earned national recognition as a Recognized Program through the NCATE accreditation process.

PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION Admission to the program is determined by faculty review. Students should apply to the Graduate School through as well as the departmental application process.

PROGRAM DESIGN All M.Ed. programs are offered in an online environment provided by highly qualified and experienced professors. The online program allows students the flexibility to complete their coursework in a timeframe convenient for them.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS To be accepted for degree or professional certificate work, students must first meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Application forms are available through the Graduate School office and should be returned to the Graduate School office. Applicants must have a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher overall to qualify for admission into the program. The admission process is designed to ensure a good match between the applicant and the department. Applicants must satisfy department requirements, including an application and professional profile. Should you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Barbara Qualls, Principal Preparation Program coordinator, at

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Financial assistance is available for eligible students who are Texas residents with clear admission into the Principal Preparation Program at Stephen F. Austin State University. This tuition exemption makes the cost of the program approximately $7,500 for the 30-hour master's degree in educational leadership or approximately $4,500 for the 18-hour principal certification only program for those who already have completed a master's degree. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature. Installment plans require an additional fee of $25.00. Parking permits can also be purchased for a fee. Fees required by the State of Texas for principal certification and superintendent certification, SFA Principal Preparation Program application fees and the $100 SFA Educator Preparation Program application fee are not included in the program costs. Cost of the Perkins College of Education student account for the Live Text data system is additional. If a student drops a course after classes begin, the full cost of the course without the financial aid will be charged to the student. Scholarship is for Texas residents only.

Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3018
Phone: (936) 468-6478