Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - Principal Certification (Online)

This M.Ed. online program is offered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and is designed so that students can build upon their existing expertise with progressive skills that can increase student achievement, improve teacher performance and increase organizational effectiveness of schools and higher education institutions.

This program is approved by The University of Texas System and Higher Education Coordinating Board, and is fully accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification.

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information.

Course of Study

 EDAD 5305  Curriculum Design, Implementation & Evaluation
 EDAD 5322  Educational Research and Evaluation
 EDAD 5330  Leadership in the Instructional Setting
 EDAD 5360  Leadership Theory
 EDAD 5380  Diversity in Educational Settings
 EDAD 5381  Governance, Political, and Legal Aspects of Education
 EDAD 5383  The Principalship
 EDAD 5384  Resource Management in Education
 EDAD 5389  Administrative Practicum
 EDAD 5399  Capstone Internship in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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.

Additional Program Details

Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course map indicating the course sequence will be provided. 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. Students in this program must also purchase Tk20 as part of their course materials for a one-time, non-refundable cost of $139 plus tax and fees. It may be purchased online.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was collaboratively developed by The University of Texas at Arlington and area school districts to instill the skills and background needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This non-thesis principal certification program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and with the Texas Administrative Code (TAC §241.15), and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.


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Program Coordinator

Dr. Amy Anderson

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Central office-principal relations, early principalship, rural vs. urban mentoring, academic and athletic success



Phone #: 817-272-2846

Office: 103A Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Anderson brings with her rich set of experiences as a respected practitioner in the EC-12 world, including most recently serving as Chief Academic Officer for Secondary Schools in a high performing district in the DFW area. She has served as a principal for over ten years and served seven years at central office where her primary responsibility was supervising campus principals K-12. She has worked in large urban districts and small fast-growth districts around DFW. As an Assistant Superintendent Dr Anderson was known for her ability to navigate the change process and provide authentic engagement with stakeholders in the organizations where she served. She provided training, support, evaluation, and hiring of both assistant principals and principals alike for many years. Preparation, coaching and support for campus and district leaders is her passion.  She is a graduate of Howard Payne University. Her graduate work was completed at Texas A&M Commerce, and she received her Superintendent's certification right here at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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