What is School Leadership?

What is School Leadership?

The Need

The market for professionals with a Master’s in School Leadership is strong. In the past 12 months (2019-2020) in Texas, there were 7,931 job postings, and that number is expected to grow over the next ten years. Employment growth for 2017-2018 was 8.1% and projected growth from 2019 to 2028 is 20.9%. The average salary in Texas for graduates of this type of program is $74,402 per year which is substantially more than the living wage for Texas ($28,662) and the average salary for Texas teachers ($56,859). This makes a reasonably priced MA Program an excellent economic decision for candidates. As a state, Texas trails only California with the greatest demand for Master’s graduates in School Leadership.

Through Baylor's dual-track MA, School leadership can lead to Texas principal certification or on the next step of your leadership journey in independent schools or other states. The Baylor MA in School Leadership is designed to catalyze servant leaders who want to expand their leadership networks, develop skills, and deepen expertise in support of human flourishing. Whatever role you take as a school leader, you will be more effective because of this degree.

Your MA experience will be enhanced by Baylor’s distinctive Christian mission and work with Baylor’s Center for Christian Education and the dedicated faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership. 


Through short, on-campus learning sessions, you will build your network in a cohort of emerging leaders. Through the two intensive on-campus sessions (January and June), you will complete three courses in less than three weeks. You will complete the remaining classes synchronously and asynchronously online in the course of a calendar year. Coursework will be finished in one year, and then you will conduct your capstone research to solve a problem of practice at your school.


Baylor’s Educational Leadership faculty take a holistic approach to admission and are looking for emerging Christian leaders with a heart for collaborative servant leadership. Applicants should have at least two years of experience in public and/or independent schools. No GRE required.


The degree can be completed in only 30 hours of coursework, reducing cost compared to programs with more hours required and payment per hour. Baylor has reduced tuition by nearly 50%, and we have additional scholarships of $9,000-$14,000 available for each of the 30 students we accept. Over the next 10 years in Texas alone, demand for graduates of this type of program will grow by over 20%. Graduates of these types of programs make 30% more than the average Texas teacher salary.

Baylor University MA in School Leadership

School of Education
Marrs McLean Science Building
One Bear Place #97312,
Waco, TX 76798-7312

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