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Post-Master's Degree Principal Certification

The post-master’s principal certification program, a 24 semester hours certification-only program for individuals holding a master’s degree, is designed to prepared aspiring individuals for challenging and productive roles as campus-level and central office-level administrators in Texas public schools through quality educational experiences that stimulate and encourage intellectual, personal, and professional growth and a strong commitment to education and those served.
Program Delivery

Coursework for the post-master’s principal certification program is delivered primarily in a face-to-face format supplemented with blended or hybrid components in selected courses. EDAD 509 Public School Laws and EDAD 510 Special Education Law are delivered in an online format.  The entire program is delivered on the main Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville, in Fort Worth, in Waco, and at Tarleton-Central Texas in Killeen. During the fall and spring semesters, coursework is offered on Monday through Thursday evenings and on Saturdays. Evening classes generally meet for three hours and Saturday classes meet seven times a semester for six hours per day. During the summer sessions, classes are offered in an evening format with five-week classes meeting two evenings a week.  Friday or Saturday classes in the summer 10-week session meet seven times.  A limited number of day classes (Monday through Thursday) are offered in Stephenville and Killeen during the summer sessions.

Admission to a Professional Teacher Certificate Program:

Professional teacher certificate programs, including the principal certification program, are open only to graduate students. Admission to a professional teacher certificate program is granted upon the recommendation of the head of the department in which the program is offered and the submission of a certificate plan approved by the University Teacher Certification Officer.

Students who are not seeking a master’s degree are not required to submit scores on the GRE or the GMAT. However, official transcript(s) that indicate the conferral of the highest degree and good standing at the last college attended are required.

Admission to the Post-Master’s Principal Certification Program

Students will submit a formal program application to the Coordinator of the M.Ed./Principal Certification Programs prior to completing EDAD 500. This application serves as a basis for advising the student with regard to general graduate and certificate requirements. The application requires that students submit three (3) letters of reference, one of which must be from a current school district administrator.

Certification Program Advisor

Each student in the post-master’s principal certification program will be assigned an advisor.  Advisors are assigned alphabetically based upon the student’s last name. Students may check with the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies to identify their advisors (254.968.1947 or mccann@tarleton.edu).

Typical Curriculum for Post-Master’s Principal Certification Program

Education Administration Core Courses (required for certification)—21 semester hours:

  • EDAD 500 Foundations of Educational Administration
  • EDAD 509 Legal Issues in School Leadership
  • EDAD 516 Instructional Leadership
  • EDAD 539 Leadership Processes of Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 560 Educational Leadership Applications
  • EDAD 599 Internship for the Principalship (required for certification not the degree)
Additional Courses (6 semester hours):

Additional coursework - 6 semester hours with the consent of the advisor taken from:

  • EDAD 501 Research in Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 507 Leadership of Programs and Procedures in Supervision
  • EDAD 542 Leadership of Campus Resources
  • EDAD 545 Leadership of Curriculum Systems
  • EDAD 555 Leadership of Diverse Learning Communities

*No courses in the EDAD core courses sequence can be older than six (6) years at the time of application for the Principal TExES certification examination. The same also applies for transfer work.

**Note:  No more than one (1) EDAD core courses may remain to be taken by the student prior to enrolling and participating in EDAD 599 Internship for the Principalship.  If a student has one remaining core course to take, the student may request permission of the Department Head to enroll in the remaining core course concurrently with EDAD 599.

Transfer Work

No more than three (3) semester hours (one course) can be transferred from another post secondary institution for substitution in the EDAD core courses sequence.  Students seeking course transfer credit into the core courses sequence must submit all of the following to the academic advisor for review:

  • an original transcript indicating the course number, name, credit hours and grade as well as a copy of the course descriptive narrative from the appropriate postsecondary institution catalog; and
  • a copy of the course syllabus and multiple examples of student work from the course.

If the requested transfer course is approved, the student must also provide the same information to the Tarleton State University College of Graduate Studies.

Internship for the Principalship

Because the internship course work cannot be applied to the Master of Education degree, students pursuing the Principal’s Certificate normally complete their master’s degree requirements before doing their internships. The student must enroll each semester until the internship is satisfactorily completed. Application for admission to the principal internship must be submitted to the Coordinator of the M.Ed./Principal Certification Programs no later than June 15 preceding the fall of enrollment for the internship and October 15 preceding the spring internship. Students must complete the educational administration core or be enrolled in the last of five core courses prior to enrolling in the internship. The internship course typically is a one-semester course; however, this course may be repeated so that the student can satisfactorily complete internship requirements. No more than three (3) semester hours of internship course work can be used to satisfy certification plan requirements.

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 including the internship and professional development requirements,
  • 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 coursework.

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 coursework.

Students should regularly visit with advisors and the Certification Office for updates and changes in the certification process.

Professional Development Requirements

Each student must complete a minimum of 70 clock hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) related to the professional growth plan developed by the student in EDAD 500. Assessment of needed growth is based on knowledge and skills delineated in the Texas Standards for the Principal Certificate.  The professional development units must be satisfactorily completed, documented, and submitted to the Coordinator of the M.Ed./Principal Certification Programs prior to seeking approval by the University for recommendation to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for the Standard Principal Certificate.