EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP & POLICY STUDIES - University of Houston
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LEADING THE WAY

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.

ELPS DEGREES & PROGRAMS

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.

 

NEWS & FEATURES

SHORT TAKES

A sampling of faculty, staff, student and alumni happenings:

Rhaniece Choice, who earned an M.Ed. in special populations in 2022, won 2023-24 Teacher of the Year from Cummings Elementary School in Alief ISD.

Deirdre Riordan, who earned an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction – learning, design and technology in 2016 and an Ed.D. in professional leadership – K-12 in 2022, has been named principal at Cage Elementary in the Houston Independent School District. 

Emily Messa, who serves as UH’s senior associate vice president for administration, earned the 2023 Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. She earned a Ph.D. in 2015 and an M.Ed. in administration and supervision in 2012.

Hope Rigby-Wills, a lecturer in the special populations program and a doctoral alum, has been selected for the Council for Learning Disabilities Leadership Institute. The program is designed to support career development, grant writing and teaching skills.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 300+ELPS students
  • 100%Pass rate on principal performance assessment
  • 89%Pass rate on superintendent certification exam
  • 3ELPS research centers and institutes
  • #10Best online M.Ed. program (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 1.5MHouston-area K-12 students
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CONTACT US

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
Email: delps@uh.edu

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