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The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Houston College of Education prepares compassionate, transformative leaders committed to the success of all students. As part of a Tier One public research university in a diverse, dynamic city, we strive to inform policy and practice to improve outcomes across the educational pipeline.

ELPS offers graduate programs for aspiring principals, superintendents, special education professionals, higher education administrators, policymakers and researchers. We also offer undergraduate minors in special populations and Asian American studies.


The department’s graduate-level programs help educators and other professionals specialize and advance their careers. Our minors help undergraduate students gain critical knowledge and stand out among their peers.




Clinical Professor Kristen Hassett was named interim department chair effective Aug. 1 for a one-year term.

Four faculty members from the department earned the College’s teaching and research awards for 2021-22. Virginia Snodgrass Rangel won the Collaborative Research Excellence Award. Lyle McKinney won the Research Mentoring Award. Tiffany J. Davis and Kristen Hassett won the Teaching Excellence Award.

Alum Ana Aguilar has been appointed principal of Eastwood Academy High School in Houston ISD. Aguilar earned an Ed.D. in professional leadership —  K-12 in 2017.

Two-time alum Meagan Edwards has been named executive principal at YES Prep Public Schools. Edwards earned an M.Ed. in administration and supervision in 2017 and a B.S. in psychology in 1998.

Alum Luis Landa has been appointed principal at Sharpstown International School in Houston ISD. Landa earned an Ed.D. in professional leadership — K-12 in 2018.

At least a dozen administration and supervision M.Ed. students and alumni have been appointed as assistant principals:

  • Helen Anguiano, Helms Elementary School in Houston ISD
  • Salvador Barrera, Mangum Elementary, part of Southwest Schools charter school network
  • Laura Chaffin, Dr. James “Red” Duke Elementary in Alvin ISD
  • Joshua Chronister, Aragon Middle School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
  • Marshal James DuPas Jr., Bonham Elementary School in Houston ISD
  • Cournette Hawkins, Emery Elementary School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
  • Jamie Kendall, Forest Brook Middle School in Houston ISD
  • Asna Masood, Hollibrook Elementary in Spring Branch ISD
  • Karen Peña, Fred Roberts Middle School in Pasadena ISD
  • Shannon Ramirez, Ross S. Sterling High School in Goose Creek Consolidated ISD
  • Erin Van Pelt, Wilchester Elementary School in Spring Branch ISD
  • Julie Vanhaverbeke, Tanglewood Middle School in Houston ISD (dean of instruction)


  • 300+ELPS students
  • 95%Pass rate on principal instructional leader exam
  • 100%Pass rate on principal performance assessment
  • 100%Pass rate on superintendent certification exam
  • 3ELPS research centers and institutes
  • 1.5MHouston-area K-12 students
Waterfall outside Farish Hall


Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
University of Houston College of Education
3657 Cullen Blvd.
Farish Hall, Suite 112
Houston, Texas 77204-5023

Department phone: 713-743-7846

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