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Post-Master's Principal Certification

The post-Master's Principal Certification program is for candidates who already possess a master’s degree in an education-related field. It consists of 8 courses, including two semesters of internship, leading to certification as a school administrator (pending passage of the TExES state certifying exam). Applicants who do not already have a graduate level curriculum or instruction course on their existing transcripts will also take Curriculum Design or Instruction Models.

The program is unique as it allows students and educational leaders the opportunity to design and analyze reform efforts based upon their effectiveness for diverse student populations.  It focuses on situating school-based leaders within larger community and societal contexts and works with students in understanding ways of engaging school and community assets as the foundation for improvement efforts.  In addition, the program encouages students to keep issues of equity and ethics at the forefront of planning while developing and implementing collaborative action research strategies to effect systemic change at the campus level.

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Program Overview and Required Courses

This program is designed for persons who have already earned a master’s degree in Education and have a minimum of one year of teaching experience in K-12 schools.

  • 8 courses (24 credit hours), including two semesters of Internship in Educational Leadership
  • Can be completed in 3 semesters (Summer 1 Admission) or 4 semesters (Spring Admission)
  • All courses are offered at both the San Marcos campus & the Round Rock Higher Education Center
  • Program design builds on expertise in educational practice and research developed in the student’s master’s program

Required courses for completion of the program:

Students who begin in this post-master’s principal certification program but who later decide to apply to our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership may transfer up to 6 credit hours into the M.Ed. Thus, a student who wishes to transfer from this program to the M.Ed. needs to do so before beginning his or her 3rd course.

Program Admissions Information

Candidates for this program must have a master’s degree in an education-related field and one year of teaching experience in K-12 schools. Candidates who do not yet have the appropriate master’s degree should apply to our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Application Deadline: May 1st for Summer admission

To apply now, visit the Graduate College. In the online application select “Teacher Certification,” then select “211.00 Educational Leadership – Principal".

In addition to the Graduate College application, the Educational Leadership program also requires submission of the following documents to the Office of the Graduate College:

  • A copy of your official teaching certificate documenting initial teacher certification
  • A copy of your official teaching record documenting at least one year's teaching experience
  • Official graduate transcripts

Submit these documents using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) system. 

See tips for using GADU  |  Learn about submitting documents, including transcripts


TeXeS Principal Certification Exam Approval Form