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Post-Master's Principal Certification

The Educational Leadership program at Texas State emphasizes a 21st century approach to the preparation of aspiring school administrators. 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. Students take courses in cohort groups in order to form long term supportive relationships and professional networks. 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. This 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). The program design builds on your expertise in educational practice and research that you developed in your master’s program and in your teaching practice.

Candidates for this program must already hold a master’s degree. The program consists of 24 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. Students who have not previously taken a graduate course in curriculum will take EDCL 6342 Curriculum Design (offered in Summer Session 2 after the internship) as an additional course in order to develop that expertise (27 credit hours). Most frequently, students who have completed a master’s degree in education have an appropriate curriculum course that will meet this requirement. The Graduate Advisor will be able to help you with this when they see your previous transcripts. Faculty are committed to our students’ academic and professional growth, and we are delighted to work with you!


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