Principal Certification M.Ed.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership with Standard Principal certification program, a prospective student must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. Possess a State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Texas Teacher Certification (any field);
  3. Submit official transcripts from the undergraduate institutions attended to Graduate Admissions;
  4. Complete the application for admission to a graduate program online at;
  5. Successfully complete a personal/telephone interview;
  6. Send official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) directly to Graduate Admissions;
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from practicing school district administrators or other professional colleagues addressing the applicant's administrative potential.
  8. Admission to the program is based in part on:
    1. documenting satisfactory scores on the Verbal and Quantitative parts of the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, and
    2. demonstrating one or more of the following:
      1. the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study,
      2. socioeconomic background,
      3. first generation college graduate,
      4. multilingual proficiency,
      5. geographic region of residence, and 
      6.  level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours = 30

Block I (6 hrs. must be taken concurrently)

EDLR 5310Educational Leadership Theory and Practice

EDLR 5313Critical Issues in Educational Leadership

Block II (8 hrs. must be taken concurrently)

EDLR 5311Developmental Supervision

EDLR 5349Leadership in the Restructured School

EDLR 5270Practicum in the Principalship I

Block III (8 hrs. must be taken concurrently)

EDLR 5320School Law

EDLR 5333Administration of Special Programs in Schools

EDLR 5271Practicum in the Principalship II

Block IV (8 hrs. must be taken concurrently)

EDLR 5330The Principalship

EDLR 5337School Building Operations

EDLR 5272Practicum in Principalship III