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Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

Affordable preparation for the Principalship from a Christian Worldview

Howard Payne University offers a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree program with 100% online delivery. Students who graduate from the program will be prepared to work as certified principals in the state of Texas. Out-of-state graduate candidates must verify certification requirements and credit transfer reciprocity in the respective states where they seek certification.

In order to be eligible for this program, a prospective student must have a bachelor’s degree.


The course curriculum is aligned with the state standards for principal certification and provides students with an appropriate balanced combination of theory and practical application. The 30-hour, non-thesis degree is delivered completely online and is designed to give students the flexibility to complete the degree without interrupting their daily routines and personal, social and professional responsibilities.

Instructional Leadership – Course Rotation

Internship Requirement

The Master of Education in Instructional Leadership culminates with an internship to fulfill state requirements for principal certification. Typically, graduate students can complete internships in the school districts where they currently teach.

The M.Ed. degree at HPU affords graduates valuable career growth potential and prepares them to perform successfully as first-year principals.

Industry Trends

Schools expect unprecedented turnover and retirements among Texas principals and assistant principals.

Thus, Howard Payne University is prepared to serve the underlying demand for highly qualified principals.

Apply Now

To inquire about applying to this program, please call HPU’s School of Education at 325-649-8203.