New Century Educational Leadership Program
The New Century Educational Leadership Program (NCELP) is cohort program in which students earn a Master’s degree and a principal certificate. It is a cohort program designed to build digital leaders for the 21st Century by infusing digital tools into core courses and emphasizing the leadership skills within the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) Standards that are linked to technology. Its purpose is to prepare highly qualified individuals to serve as public school administrators in Texas, and develop school leaders who can successfully navigate the schools in this digital era.
Courses are delivered in an alternative format utilizing both online and blended instruction to provide students with greater scheduling flexibility. The cohort program allows students to complete their Master’s degree and principal certification in 18 months by completing 30 semester hours of course work and participating in 3 semester hour of internship. The cohort format enables students to network and collaborate throughout their degree program.
NCELP is designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree or higher, who have a record of high-quality academic achievement and/or work experience, and who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Through NCELP, students earn a Master of Education in Educational Administration and a Principal certificate that enables the intern to accept administrative positions in Texas public schools.
NCELP applicants must present a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours. Concurrent with applying for admission to NCELP, applicants must also apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton. An acceptable score on the general test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required by Tarleton for admission to graduate school. Persons interested in applying for the program should contact the NCELP Director in the E.J. Howell Building Room 105 or by telephone at (254) 485-1887 (254) 968-9792 or by contacting the NCELP program specialist at (254) 968-9805 (254) 968-9805. Information about NCELP may be found at NCELP.
Summer I (9 hours)
Summer I EDAD 500: Foundations in Educational Leadership – Hybrid Course
Summer II EDAD 516: Instructional Leadership and PDAS – Hybrid Course
Summer III EDAD 509: Legal Issues in School Leadership - Online
Fall – Year I (6 hours)
EDAD 539: Processes of Educational Leadership - Online
EDAD 555: Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities – Hybrid Course
Spring -Year I (6 hours)
EDAD 545: Leadership for Curriculum Systems - Online
EDAD 507: Leadership of Programs and Procedures in Supervision – Hybrid Course
Summer-Year II (6 hours)
EDAD 542- Leadership of Campus Resources Blended Legal Digest
EDAD 501: Research in Educational Leadership Online TASSP
Fall-Year II (6 hours)
EDAD 560: Educational Leadership Applications Blended ESP
EDAD 599: Internship for the Principalship Blended
Recommendation for certification by Tarleton State University and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies will be forwarded to the State Board for Educator Certification only after the student has successfully completed:
- the designated course of study
- documentation of two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher (TAC § 241.25), and
- successful performance on the Principal Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES).
Students will be allowed to register for the TExES during the last semester of the course of study and just prior to completing the professional development requirements. Students who fail to register and take the TExES within 24 months after the date of completing the requirements listed must request permission from the Department Head prior to registering for the TExES. The Department Head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills delineated in the Standards for the Principal Certificate. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional course work.
Students who fail to satisfactorily complete the TExES must receive permission from the Department Head prior to registering for a subsequent attempt on the TExES. The Department Head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills in delineated in the Standards for the Principal Certificate. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional course work.