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Post-Master's Principal Certification: Leadership Institute

The Educational Leadership program at Texas State emphasizes a 21st century approach to the preparation of aspiring school administrators. The Leadership Institute courses include problem and field based learning experiences, skills development to strategically lead school improvement, and capacity building to lead for educational equity and success for all learners. Our faculty are nationally recognized and networked, and our program is a member of the University Council for Educational Administration which is a national consortium of research universities that are preparing leaders of excellence for the nation’s schools.

The post-master’s principal certification program is a non-degree program that leads to principal certification (pending course completion and passing the TExES state certification exam). This program is offered in a Leadership Institute model that integrates leadership theory, skills development, and practicum activities in a hybrid format that includes seminar meetings, online learning, and fieldwork in schools and communities. Candidates for this program must already hold a master’s degree. The Leadership Institute design builds on your expertise in educational practice and research that you developed in your master’s program and in your teaching practice. Students take courses in cohort groups in order to form long-term supportive relationships and professional networks.

The program consists of 18 credit hours, inclusive of a year-long principal preparation internship in your school. It is offered at both the San Marcos main campus and the Round Rock Campus, and can be completed within one full year for students who follow the published course schedule. Faculty are committed to our students’ academic and professional growth, and we are delighted to work with you!


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