Master of Education, Principal Certification
Total hours: 30
|Core Courses (12 credit hours)|
|EDAD 5322||Educational Research and Evaluation|
|EDAD 5360||Leadership Theory|
|EDAD 5380||Diversity and Equity in Education|
|EDAD 5399||Capstone Practicum|
|Principal Certificate Emphasis Courses (18 credit hours)|
|EDAD 5305||Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Evaluation|
|EDAD 5330||Leadership in the Instructional Setting|
|EDAD 5381||Political & Legal Aspects of Education|
|EDAD 5383||The Principalship|
|EDAD 5384||Resource Management in Education|
|EDAD 5389||Administrative Practicum|
- Transfers are not accepted for EDAD 5360, 5381, 5383, 5384, 5330 or for Internships.
- No more than 9 credit hours may be transferred.
- Courses must be equivalent to a course in the program, be 5 years old or less and show a grade of 'B' or better.
- All transfer hours must be approved by the program director and the Office of Graduate Studies.
Review this document for information about obtaining a probationary certificate.
The following requirements must be met to be approved for principal certification.
- Holds or has held a standard teacher certificate.
- Has had a minimum of two creditable years of classroom teaching experience. A teacher service record must sent from the school district directly do the director of certification via US Postal Service. Creditable years is defined as having been completed in an accredited school district. Out of state internship may qualify provided it was done within a school accredited by that state.
- Holds a Master's degree. The degree must be conferred, which can take several weeks after graduation.
- Has completed an approved administrative internship.
- Has completed an approved program designed for meeting the certification requirements. All coursework must be completed and grades must be posted.
- Has passed the TExES Standard Principal Certificate Exam (limit of four retakes).
Candidates are approved to take the TExES Principal Exam (limit of four retakes)
- After passing grades have been posted for EDAD 5360, 5381, 5383, 5384 and 5330, or if they are currently enrolled in or have successfully completed EDAD 5399
- If they have scored 80% on the Principal Practice Test.
Candidates must pass all appropriate state exams (limit of four retests) and apply for appropriate state certification(s) with the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency within six months of the completion of their student/clinical teaching or practicum program. If a candidate allows the six month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or state exams will be required for recommendation for certification. Additional coursework will be determined by the appropriate Program Coordinator in consultation with faculty.
All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Per §227.10, the minimum overall grade point average is 2.5 or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement should consult with the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate advisor to determine their eligibility.