Standard Principal Certification

The Standard Principal Certificate requires: a) completing a master’s degree; b) the required coursework for the certification within six years; c) providing evidence of a valid Texas Teaching Certificate; d) providing evidence of a minimum of two successful years of teaching experience; and e) satisfactory performance on the appropriate TExES examination. A state induction period must be completed to receive the Principal Certificate.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Standard Principal certification program, a prospective student must:

  1. Hold a master’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 institutions in which a degree was awarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions;
  4. Complete the application for admission to a graduate program at;
  5. Successfully complete a personal/telephone interview;
  6. Send official scores on the Graduate Record Examination directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  7. 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 graduate GPA, and
    2. demonstrating one or more of the following:
      • the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study,
      • socioeconomic background,
      • first generation college graduate, 
      • multilingual proficiency,
      • geographic region of residence, and
      • level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Degree Requirements

Standard Principal Certificate--Total Semester Credit Hours=22

Block I (6 hrs. must be taken concurrently)

EDLR 5310Educational Leadership Theory and Practice

EDLR 5313Critical Issues in Educational Leadership

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