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Listed below are the necessary steps in applying for the NCELP program:


Complete a College of Graduate Studies Application

  • Pay the application fee of $30.00 (Check or money order made payable to Tarleton State University or Credit Card by calling the Graduate office at 254/968-9104
  • Submit transcripts


Complete and submit an NCELP application and

  • Copy of your valid Texas teaching certificate
  • Copies of all certifications
  • Copy of your service record
  • Submit 1 letter of reference from a principal or superintendent
  • You must hold 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
  • It is preferred that you have at least three years in a position with leadership responsibilities (either civic or educational). Examples of leadership responsibilities include, but are not limited to:department chair, grade level chair, member of site-based decision making team, scout leader, church leadership position, or similar responsibilities. Two years of teaching experience will be required for Principal Certification.
  • Apply for student loans

Important Forms

All application materials must be received at the address below no later than than March 15 in order to be considered for the May Cohort.

Please submit application materials to:

Tarleton State University
Box T-0210
Stephenville, TX 76402

Program Fees

Program Fee Overview

NCELP will send an invoice at the beginning of the first fall semester for the program fees:

Payment Due Dates
Payment Deadlines
Payment 1 November 1st
Payment 2 April 1st
Payment 3 September 30th

The program fees are $2,000.00 in addition to tuition, books, an university fees. The program fees may be paid in full or installments as approved by the NCELP program specialist. Payment in full must be completed by no later than September 30th of the second Fall semester of the program or the student will not be permitted to receive his/her diploma.

This bill must be directed and paid to:

Tarleton State University
Box T-0210
Stephenville, Texas 76402

Tuition and Fee Payments

It is the responsibility of the student to closely follow all tuition and fee payment deadlines. If you do not, you will be automatically dropped from your classes. If financial aid is being used for these payments, it is the student's responsibility to see that the financial aid is being applied to their balance due every semester they are in the program before the due date for tuition and fee payments (see below for the course load then calculate your estimated tuition and fees*).

*NCELP Students are considered either Off Campus or on-line Graduate Students

Graduate Student Course Load by Semester for NCELP
Semester Hours
Summer I 9 Semester Hours
Fall I 9 Semester Hours
Spring I 9 Semester Hours
Summer II 6 Semester Hours
Fall II 6 Semester Hours

Tuition and fee payments (this excludes program fees) must be paid to the Cashier's office in one of the following ways:

  • Through application of your financial aid award
  • By online credit card payment procedures (Tarleton accepts Visa, MasterCard, or Discover)
  • By calling (254) 968-9607 and paying by credit card
  • By physically coming to the Stephenville campus Administration Building cashier's office on or before the payment deadline
  • By mailing (at least a week before the payment deadline) a payment to:
    Attention: Accounts Receivable
    Tarleton State University
    Box T-0120
    Stephenville, Texas 76402

Do not, under any circumstances, send your tuition and fee payments to the Program Specialist or the Program Director. These must be paid directly to the University and not through NCELP.