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The principal practicum is a one semester internship experience under the supervision of both a campus mentor and university supervisor. The EDAD 5399 Principal Practicum for aspiring campus administrators is designed to assist students in the development and demonstration of competencies associated with the Texas standards for the principal certificate through engagement with actual administrative duties and responsibilities. 

The program is designed to integrate theory and practice through a field-based training approach with a practicing administrator (site administrator). Specific activities and assignments will be determined collaboratively by the student, the university supervisor, and the site administrator to ensure that the intern obtains practical experience consistent with the standards for the principal certificate. The intern is given experience in developing and applying competencies associated with the domains for the TExES principal certification examination:

  • Domain I - School Community Leadership
  • Domain II - Instructional Leadership
  • Domain III - Administrative Leadership

Applications for the principal practicum need to be submitted by July 1 for the fall semester, and by November 1 for the spring semester.


While most principal practicums are completed in public school settings, accredited private school or charter school setting can be approved under some circumstances. Please contact the master's program coordinator for more details, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer.