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NCELP provided an experience, networking, and personal growth I am still benefiting from today. It was great to  be a part of an institution where I felt and still believe the professors, faculty, and staff were as vested in me as a person, professional, and student as I was in pursuing and attaining my goals.

W. Berringer, Principal
Drew Intermediate School

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In terms of quality, each course taken is grounded in classical as well as contemporary leadership theory.  In terms of flexibility, NCELP’s sequence of face to face and online coursework allowed me to maintain full-time employment at my school district while pursuing graduate studies.  Furthermore, the program’s cohort model gave me an opportunity to build lasting friendships and networking outlets across the state of Texas.

Brandolyn E. Jones, Doctoral Student
Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University

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The path of NCELP is well-aligned and supported with great professors, staff, and classmates throughout the journey.  The coursework is valuable and valid, giving you great tools for the profession.  Now that I am in administration, I find myself feeling prepared and confident at the tasks that are presented to me.

Chris Griffin

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After having researched a lot of the programs out there today, I selected the NCELP because I knew the rigor would really prepare me to make a difference in any school I worked in. You may be able to do it easier or cheaper, but the Tarleton program is the best overall education option available for people who are serious and want a quality education.

Charlie Klander

You & a Whole New Way to Excel in Life!

Are you ready for a new challenge?
Then lead the way...as a school administrator!

Find out how you can maximize your education through teamwork and leadership skills with the New Century Educational Leadership Program (NCELP) at Tarleton State University. You can earn a master's degree and principal's certification while getting on-the-job training.

Master’s Degree / Principal Certification

  • 10 Courses / 18-Months
  • 33-hour Program
  • 3-Semester Hours of Internship
  • Small Cohort Design
  • Online Courses with Face-to-Face Enrichment Seminars

The New Century Leadership Program (NCELP) is a highly successful and reputable accelerated Master’s Degree/Principal Certification Program. NCELP is steeped in the rich tradition of Tarleton’s excellence in educator preparation.

NCELP is designed to be learner-centered utilizing the cohort model, small class sizes, and personalized attention from the NCELP staff.

  • Opportunities to Build Your Resume
  • Digital Tools Infused into Core Courses
  • Networking with Your Cohort
  • Personal Support from the Application Process to Graduation

Are you ready to:

  • Increase your earning potential?
  • Increase your job opportunities or job security?
  • Have a greater impact on student learning?
  • Start a new career?
  • Engage the digital learners on your campus?
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