Principal Certification

This certification plan is designed specifically for the educator who has previously obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and wishes to obtain Principal Certification. It requires the completion of twenty-four hours of graduate credit. The program complies with existing standards for professional certification. The study plan originates in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Financial Aid Note: Principal Certification-only programs are not eligible for financial aid. Programs leading to a degree are (e.g., EDAD master’s degree).

Applicants seeking admission to the Principal Certification program must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Pay the $35 Texas Education Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs Fee (paid to the TEA as required by TEA 229.9.7)
  4. Official Transcript from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher OR an official transcript from the master's degree granting institution with a GPA of a 3.5 or higher. If an applicant does not meet the minimum GPA expectations, official GRE scores must be submitted that meet the requirements. Minimum scores required are listed in the table below.
  5. Copy of Teacher Service Record from your school district's Human Resource Department with 2 years of creditable teaching experience preferred; however, we will consider applicants with 1 year of creditable teaching experience. (Applicant must be working at a Texas Education Agency accredited school.)
  6. Copy of valid Teacher Certificate
  7. Two recommendations, one from the school principal and one from an assistant principal
  8. Professional Statement/Document of Intent
  9. Current Resume
  10. Interview video.

 GRE revised General Test Score Bands to be used for Admission to an Educator Preparation Program under the 10% Exception Rule in 19 TAC §227.10(a)(3)(D) 

Self-reported Undergraduate GPA GRE Verbal Reasoning1 GRE Quantitative Reasoning1 GRE Analytical Writing2
B-(2.7 GPA) 143-157 140-155 3.0-4.5

Under these circumstances, the GRE may not be waived.

Preferred Application Deadlines:
Fall - June 15
Spring - Oct. 15
Summer - March 15

Final Application Deadlines:
Fall - July 15
Spring - Nov. 15
Summer - April 15

Candidates have six years from the semester of the first course to complete program requirements and state certification (e.g., pass exams).

Financial Aid Note: Principal Certification-only programs are not eligible for financial aid. Programs leading to a degree are (EDAD master’s degree).

Principal Certification
Specified Courses
EDAD 5332Adm & Org of Public Schools3
EDAD 5372Fed-State-Local Sch Law3
EDAD 5386Spc Populations & Spc Programs3
EDAD 6362Principal Practicum/Internship 16
EDAD 6370Campus Business Management3
EDAD 6371Role of Prin in School Admin3
EDAD 6394Advancing Educ Leadership3
Total Hours24