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If you already have your master’s degree and want to work as a principal, choose this 18-hour certification-only program to work toward a standard principal certificate.

Though this option does not necessarily shorten the time for completing the program, it does decrease your number of required courses. As a result, the principal certification-only option can’t include any transfer hours and must be completed in 10 years.

The scholar-practitioner approach to this program 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.

The program is nationally accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It has a more than 90% pass rate on the TExES and maintains a rigorous curriculum taught completely by highly qualified professors with successful leadership experience.

To be eligible for this program option, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • valid teaching certification
  • an overall grade point average of 2.5
  • and two years of teaching experience.

Certification courses are in bold.

Course and NumberCourse Description
EDLE 5316The Principalship
EDLE 5365Public School Law
EDLE 5319Instructional Leadership
EDLE 5349Foundations of Curriculum Planning
EDLE 5354Applied Performance for School Principals
EDLE 5352School Resource Management
EDLE 5313Administration of Special Programs
EDLE 5399Synthesis in Education Leadership
EDLE 5301Fundamentals of Educational Leadership
EDLE 5391Educational Research


Program Coordinator

Dr. Barbara Qualls

Program Administrative Support

Human Services Building
Suite 312


Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership
Faculty Directory

Human Services Building
Suite 302

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962