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Post Master's Degree Principal Certification

Estimated Completion

24 credit hours, 18+ months

Application Process

Our program application process includes several steps, which you must complete in order to be considered for the program. View the full application process.

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Overview

The Principal Certification is a 24 semester hours certification-only program for individuals holding a master’s degree. This certification program is designed to prepare for challenging and productive roles as campus-level and central office-level administrators in Texas public schools. Our program's quality educational experiences stimulate and encourage intellectual, personal and professional growth and a strong commitment to education and those served.

Delivery

Coursework is delivered in a fully online format.

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:

  • 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).

Student regulations for recommendation of Certification.

Application Process

  1. Prior completing EDAD 4300, submit the Principal Certification (post-master's) Program Application form, with three reference letters, one of which must be from a current school district administrator.
  2. Provide require official transcript(s) that indicate the conferral of the highest degree and good standing at the last college attended.

Note: If you are pursing an M.Ed., admission to the professional teacher certificate program is granted upon recommendation from the department head of your program and the submission of a certificate plan approved by the Tarleton Teacher Certification Officer. Certification is for Texas Residents Only.

All program applicants should mail their completed applications to the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the following address:

Tarleton State University
Attn: Superintendent Certification Program Applications
Box T-0790
Stephenville, TX 76402

Curriculum

Education Administration Core Courses1 (require) — 21 semester hours

  • EDAD 5300 Foundations of Educational Administration
  • EDAD 5309 Legal Issues in School Leadership
  • EDAD 5316 Instructional Leadership
  • EDAD 5339 Leadership Processes of Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 5360 Educational Leadership Applications
  • EDAD 53992 Internship for the Principalship (require for certification not the degree)

Additional Course (with consent of advisor taken from) — 6 semester hours

  • EDAD 5300 Foundations of Educational Administration
  • EDAD 5309 Legal Issues in School Leadership
  • EDAD 5316 Instructional Leadership
  • EDAD 5339 Leadership Processes of Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 5360 Educational Leadership Applications
  • EDAD 53992 Internship for the Principalship (require for certification not the degree)
  • 1No courses in the EDAD core courses sequence can be older than six years at the time of application for the Principal TExES certification examination.
  • 2No more than one EDAD core courses may remain to be taken by the student prior to enrolling and participating in EDAD 5399 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 5399.

Professional Development

Practicum for Principalship

The practicum course work cannot be applied to the Master of Education degree, students must complete the educational administration core or be enrolled in the last of five core courses prior to enrolling in the practicum. The practicum course typically is a one-semester course; however, this course may be repeated so that the student can satisfactorily complete practicum requirements. No more than three semester hours of practicum course work can be used to satisfy certification plan requirements. The student must enroll each semester until the practicum is satisfactorily complete.

Application for admission to the principal practicum 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 practicum and October 15 preceding the spring practicum. Students must complete the educational administration core or be enrolled in the last of five core courses prior to enrolling in the practicum.