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Principal Certification

The Principal Certification Program is designed for potential principals, assistant principals, administrators of curriculum and instruction, and all school administrators holding a position below that of Superintendent.  The certification requires a minimum of 21 semester credit hours of graduate work.  In addition to completing the required coursework, applicants for certification must have a teaching certificate, a Master's degree, 2 years of creditable teaching experience, and pass the Principal TExES 068 certification exam. Those candidates with a Master's degree in another field at the time of admission to the certificate program may pursue a second Master's degree in Educational Administration.

Whether a student pursues the 30-hour online Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with Principal Certification or the 21-hour online Principal Certification Only Plan, EDAD 615 must be taken during the first semester of course work.

Principal Certification Only Courses

  • EdAd 615—Leading Effective Schools (first course to enroll within program)

  • EdAd 619—Designing Curriculum

  • EdAd 626—Using the Law in Educational Practice

  • EdAd 569— Administrative Instruction

  • EdAd 607—Using Evaluation and Data to Improve Learning

  • EdAd 554—Leading the Learning Community**

  • EdAd 610—Leading the Learning Community Practicum**

** taken together in the final semester

The courses EDAD 554 and EDAD 610 shall be completed at the conclusion of the program with NO additional courses.  The EDAD 610 Principal Practicum lasts for the entire semester.
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