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Earn your Principal Certification and prepare for the TExES Principal exam—in just one year! Our 100% online program you the expertise and experience needed to complete your principal certification.

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Accelerated Online Priority Application Dates

Our accelerated online programs offer multiple start dates and are ideal for students who seek to balance a job, a family, an education, and a social life.

Apply by April 19

Summer I Semester

Classes start May 13, 2024

Apply by June 7

Summer II Semester

Classes start June 27, 2024

Apply by July 26

Fall I

Start class on August 19

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Application Deadline**
All Supporting Documents Due***
Registration Deadline
Spring II




Summer I




Summer II 06/27/24 06/01/2024 06/10/24 06/23/24
 Fall I  08/19/2024  07/26/2024  Contact Us  Contact Us
Additional Information: 

*The M.Ed. in Special Education program (with or without certification) only admits students into the first Fall Cohort. 

** To meet this deadline, applicants should have applied to UTA's Graduate School. This includes completion of their ApplyUTA application, paying the application fee, and submitting their official transcripts

***Applicants may still need to complete a program-specific application process after being admitted to the Graduate School. 


Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Education must submit two* recommendation forms. The required Recommendation Form is available for download here. Please wait until you receive your 10-digit, UTA student ID number and until a member of our academic team contacts you to submit your recommendation forms. 

*Note: The Principal Certification Only Program requires three recommendation forms. 

Program Eligibility, International Admissions and English Language Test Score Requirements


Information for Permanent Residents and International Applicants 

Our fully online programs are open to United States Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and International Students who do not hold F1, J1, B1, and B2 status. In addition to the required application and admission documents, the following materials must also be submitted:

  • Lawful Permanent Residents: Submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card.
  • The TOEFL* or IELTS is required if an applicant’s native language is not English or if the applicant does not hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. It typically takes 10-15 business days for scores to arrive from ETS and be processed by Admissions. The test must be taken in time for results to arrive and be processed in Admissions before completion of the second course. Those wishing to request a waiver of this requirement should contact the graduate advisor. You are required to submit an official test score report sent directly from the testing agency. UTA's ETS institutional code is 6013.

*Certification programs only accept TOEFL due to Texas Education Agency requirements. 

View test score requirements online

Additional Resources

Have additional questions? 

Email UTA's international office at international@uta.edu.

*The resources provided here are for informational purposes. Please review the UTA's website and Official Catalog for official information. 

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If you have a master’s degree, you may be eligible to take 18 additional hours (six online courses + 250 hour practicum experience) through our department and earn the credentials needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This principal certificate program is fully aligned with the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

Successfully prepare for your role as a school principal or instructional leader with the accelerated online Principal Certification Only (PCO) program at The University of Texas at Arlington. This program (18 credit hours, 6 courses) features online coursework and a completion time of as few as 12 months. The program prepares you to take both the TExES Principal (268) as an Instructional Leader exam and the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) 368 exam.

In this program, you will gain comprehension for testing in six domains of school culture: Leading Learning, Human Capital, Executive Leadership, Strategic Operations, and Ethics, Equity, and Diversity.

This program does not recommend students for internship or probationary certificates.

Course of Study

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information. Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements.

 Course Code*
 Course Title
 EDAD 5330  Leadership in the Instructional Setting
 EDAD 5381  Governance, Political & Legal Aspects of Education
 EDAD 5383  The Principalship
 EDAD 5384  Resource Management in Education
 EDAD 5389   Administrative Practicum
 EDAD 5399  Capstone Practicum


*Refer to the official catalog for the official course descriptions. 

Transfer Coursework

Transfer coursework is not accepted.




Certification Requirements and TExES Exam

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 teaching experience 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 practicum.
  • 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).
Eligible Texas principal certification candidates must be approved to take and pass two exams, the TExES 268 Principal as Instructional Leader (PIL) and the TExES 368 Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) prior to certification as a school principal. These exams will be approved according to state and program policies, and successful candidates can apply for Texas Principal as Instructional Leader certification through the Texas Education Agency once they have met all state and university requirements, including passing both of these exams.

Academic Recruiter

Koltyn Davis

Academic Recruiter

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Email: koltyn.davis@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-6800

Office: Trimble Hall 205

Program Directors

Dr. Joel Leader

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Email: joel.leader@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2127

Office: Trimble Hall 103 A

Dr. Terry-Ann Rodriguez

Clinical Assistant Professor - Principal Program

Terry Ann Rodriguez

Email: terryann.rodriguez@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2591

Office: Trimble Hall 130 E

Office Hours

Virtual hours Mondays 3:00-5:00pm and by appointment

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