Standard Principal Certification

The Standard Principal Certificate requires: a) completing a master's degree; b) the required coursework for the certification within six years; c) providing evidence of a valid Texas Teaching Certificate; d) providing evidence of a minimum of two successful years of teaching experience; and e) satisfactory performance on the appropriate TExES examination. A state induction period must be completed to receive the Principal Certificate.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Standard Principal certification program, a prospective student must:

  1. Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Submit official transcripts from the undergraduate and graduate institutions attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  3. Complete the application for admission to a graduate program (
  4. Send official scores on the Graduate Record Examination directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admission to the program is based in part on:

  1. documenting satisfactory scores on the Verbal and Quantitative parts of the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, and
  2. demonstrating one or more of the following: a) the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, b) socioeconomic background, c) first generation college graduate, d) multilingual proficiency, e) geographic region of residence, and f) level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Standard Principal Certificate--Total Semester Credit Hours=22

Block I


EDLR 5310: Educational Leadership Theory and Practice


EDLR 5313: Critical Issues in Educ. Leadership


(Block I courses must be taken concurrently)


Block III


EDLR 5320: Public School Law


EDLR 5333: Administration of Special Programs


EDLR 5271: Internship in the Principalship II


(Block III courses must be taken concurrently)


Block IV


EDLR 5330: The Principalship


EDLR 5337: School Building Operations


EDLR 5272: Internship in the Principalship III


(Block IV courses must be taken concurrently)