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New Century Educational Leadership Program

The New Century Educational Leadership Program (NCELP) is a 33 semester hour, alternative Master's degree/principal certification program. Utilizing a cohort format, NCELP is designed to prepare future administrators in 18 months.

NCELP is designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree or higher, who have a record of exemplary academic achievement and/or work experience, and who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Course work is sequenced to ensure maximum exposure to course objectives while ensuring in-depth activities to engage students in applied learning. Summer course work is a mixture of online and hybrid classes; while the fall and spring semesters are primarily online.

Through NCELP, students earn a Master of Educational Administration and a Principal certificate that enables them to accept administrative positions in Texas public schools.

Admission to New Century Educational Leadership Program

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.

Course Sequence

Summer I (9 hours)
Summer I EDAD 5300: Foundations in Educational Leadership – Hybrid Course
Summer II EDAD 5316: Instructional Leadership and PDAS – Hybrid Course
Summer III EDAD 5309: Legal Issues in School Leadership - Online

Fall – Year I (6 hours)
EDAD 5339: Processes of Educational Leadership - Online
EDAD 5355: Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities – Hybrid Course

Spring -Year I (6 hours)
EDAD 5345: Leadership for Curriculum Systems - Online
EDAD 5307: Leadership of Programs and Procedures in Supervision – Hybrid Course

Summer-Year II (6 hours)
EDAD 5342- Leadership of Campus Resources Blended Legal Digest
EDAD 5301: Research in Educational Leadership Online TASSP

Fall-Year II (6 hours)
EDAD 5360: Educational Leadership Applications Blended ESP
EDAD 5399: Internship for the Principalship Blended

Recommendation for Certification


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.