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Program Overview

Master's Degree / Principal Certification

The New Century Educational Leadership Program (NCELP) is an accelerated Master's Degree/Principal certification program. Its objective is to prepare highly qualified individuals to serve as public school administrators in Texas. NCELP is a collaborative administrator program between Tarleton State University and public school districts in Texas.

  • 10 Courses / 18-Months
  • 33-hour Program
  • 3-Semester Hours of Internship
  • Small Cohort Design
  • Online Courses with Face-to-Face Enrichment Seminars
  • Clases begin in June
The NCELP student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of the leadership proficiencies associated with the National Policy Board of Educational Administration (NPBEA) and the State Board For Educator Certification (SBEC) standards.
  • Demonstrate mastery of Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) and the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS).
  • Demonstrate leadership proficiencies during the internship and residency.
  • Secure satisfactory performance ratings in the local school district's administrator appraisal system.
  • Accomplish individual goals as identified in the Tarleton Assessment of Principals assessment instrument.
  • Design and complete a comprehensive field-based school improvement plan
  • Maintain a professional portfolio and a reflective journal.
  • Satisfactorily complete all tasks assigned during the pre-assignment instructional block, the internship seminars, the instructional seminars, coursework, and conferences.
  • Achieve acceptable scores on the TExES exam.

Conferences and Seminars

  • Résumé Building Conferences and Presentations
  • Conference Attendance Included with Class Components
  • Flexible Face-to-Face Meeting Times are Based on Consensus of the Cohort (Saturday and/or Sunday)
  • Networking opportunities with other cohort members and professionals
  • ILD and PDAS Certifications
Conference Attendance and Presentations
Program Conferences and Seminars Time Frame
Texas Elementary Principal and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Summer Year 1
Legal Digest Summer Years 1 & 2
Effective Schools Project (ESP) Seminars Fall and Spring Semesters
Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Summer Year 2

Mentorship and Internship

  • 1 Full Semester of Internship
  • Ongoing Personal Support from Program Director and Program Specialist
  • Reputation for Graduating High Quality and Professional Principals
  • Including an on-site mentor, a university mentor and the participant will jointly structure experiences during the internship.
  • The field-based core of the program provides structured, on-the-job learning opportunities. A program participant can serve as an intern, assistant principal, principal or in another administrative position.