Stephen F. Austin State University

Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification

SFASU Principalship Certification Program

Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS The program is nationally-accredited through NCATE, has over a 90% pass rate on the TExES, and maintains a rigorous curriculum taught completely by highly-qualified professors with successful leadership experience. A scholar-practitioner approach incorporates theory and practice-based learning that focuses on research-based leadership practices, curriculum and instructional leadership, data-driven decision-making, special programs, law, and school and community leadership. Field experiences and/or internship hours are included in all coursework. The university and department are committed to providing courses that are aligned to national and state standards, provide appropriate feedback for learning and growing, and supportive of all students. The program has earned national recognition as a Recognized Program through the NCATE accreditation process.

PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION Admission to the program is determined by the Graduate Faculty Council from the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership. To apply, the student should apply to the Graduate School as well as the department.

PROGRAM DESIGN The principal preparation program is offered in an online environment. The online program allows students the flexibility to complete their coursework in a timeframe convenient for them, provided by highly-qualified and experienced professors.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS To be accepted in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership for degree or professional certificate work, students must first meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Applications forms are available through the Graduate School Office and should be returned to the Graduate Office. Applicants must have a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for all undergraduate coursework and a GPA of 2.8 or higher for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework taken. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements will be required to submit a recent Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and a resume in order to be considered for admission. According to Texas Education Agency (TEA) regulations, only 10% of all applicants admitted to the program may have GPA's below the GPA criteria.

The admission process is designed to ensure a good match between the applicant and the department. Applicants must satisfy department requirements, including an application and professional profile.

SCHOLARSHIP* Scholarships are available for students enrolled in the principal preparation program at Stephen F. Austin State University. The scholarship makes the cost of the program approximately $6,000 for the 30-hour master's degree in educational leadership or approximately $3,600 for the 18- hour principal certification only program for those who already have completed a master's degree. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature. Installment plans require an additional fee of $25.00. Parking permits can also be purchased for a fee. Fees required by the State of Texas for principal certification and SFASU Principal Preparation Program application fees are not included in the program costs. Cost of the Perkins College of Education student account for the Live Text data system is additional. If a student drops a course after classes begin, the full cost of the course without the scholarship will be charged to the student. Scholarship is for Texas residents only.


Standing Back Row, L-R: Janet Tareilo, Ralph Marshall, Scott Bailey Seated

Front Row, L-R: Carrie Williams, Kerry Roberts, Betty Alford, Stacy Hendricks

Betty Alford, Ph.D. Chair Professor: Graduate of the Universityof Texas

Stacy Hendricks, Ed.D. Assistant Professor: Graduate of Texas A&M University - Commerce

Ralph Marshall, Ed.D. Program Coordinator Associate Professor: Graduate of Illinois State University

Kerry Roberts, Ph.D. Associate Professor: Graduate of Washington State University

Scott Bailey, Ed.D. Assistant Professor: Graduate of Stephen F. AustinState University

Janet Tareilo, Ed.D. Associate Professor: Graduate of Sam Houston State University

Carrie Williams, Administrative Assistant

Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

Stephen F. Austin State University

P.O. Box 13018, SFA Station

Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3018

Phone: (936) 468-2908 Fax: (936) 468-1573