LISD Aspiring Leader

LISD Aspiring Leader: Master of Education

Through a unique partnership between Concordia University Texas and Leander Independent School District, high potential LISD teachers have the opportunity to earn their Master of Education (MEd) degree with a specialization in Educational Administration.

Unlike other principal preparation programs, the LISD Aspiring Leader Program offers students the opportunity to advance in their careers with a distinctly LISD-oriented approach.

Program features:

  • Attend courses one to two evenings per week at Cedar Park High School and Online.
  • Learn via Concordia University faculty and your own LISD leadership.
  • Earn a MEd in less than 2 years.
  • Enjoy teaching focused on school and district improvement and growth.
  • Gain the opportunity for certification in AEL and T-TESS.
  • Take advantage of special grants available for LISD employees.
  • An internship that is relevant to their day-to-day work.
  • A program that is guided by key insights for LISD leadership.

Application Requirements

  1. Submit an Application at concordia.edu/apply
    • Use the promo code LISD to waive the application fee
  2. Transcripts
    • Unofficial or official transcripts from the degree-granting institution where you earned your bachelor's degree are accepted for an admissions decision
    • Transcripts are also required from each college or university where graduate work was completed
    • Please note admission to the program will be contingent until official transcripts are received
  3. Valid Teaching Certificate
    • This can be easily obtained by visiting the SBEC website
    • Two full years of teaching experience in public or private school is required.
  4. GPA Requirements
    • Undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher (cumulative OR last 60 hours) for standard admission
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75-2.99 (cumulative OR last 60 hours), student must submit GRE scores*
  5. Service Record
    • Can be requested by your Human Resource Department
  6. Employer Support Letter
    • This letter is from your supervisor supporting you to participate in this program and assuring you an opportunity to act as an administrator during your course of study, especially when you will need to be away from your regular work assignments

*GRE scores must reflect what is approved by TEA for admission: Verbal: 143-157; Quantitative: 140-155; Writing: 3-4.5

All students admitted to the Graduate Education Program at Concordia University Texas must:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 in order to stay in good standing as a graduate student
  • Students falling below the 3.0 requirement must bring their GPA to 3.0 within the next six (6) graduate hours earned or they will be academically ineligible to continue in the MEd program

See What People Are Saying

"The most valuable component of the LISD Leadership Development partnership with Concordia has been the ability to receive training from administrators from my district while having the guidance and direction of Concordia University. The program alignment and clarity has prepared me to earn my certification and degree, while the LISD partnership has given me insight into the district and helped me to understand what is needed to be a leader in Leander ISD."

"My personal growth has combined knowledge of my personal biases and how that impacts diverse people, an understanding of my strengths and areas to work on, my ability to have difficult conversations, and my confidence in my ability to be a principal and instructional leader."

"If it was not for the encouragement and investment from the cohort and the instructors in the program, I may not have made it this far. This experience has been life changing for me....it has made me not only want to be a leader for my district but also a leader for my family and community."