Principal Professional Certificate Online

Gain the requisite knowledge to successfully prepare for certification as a Texas principal.

Apply by: 3/4/24
Start class: 3/18/24 Apply Now

Program Overview

Focus on your future with our online principal certificate program

Prepare for a transformative role as a principal with this online certificate program. Accessible faculty are available to help along every step of your journey, whether providing practice testing for the TExES 268 Principal as Instructional Leader exam or consulting about your PASL project. You will be prepared to apply to the State of Texas for principal certification upon completion of the program.

Master the intricacies of running a school, from managing personnel to creating an engaging environment for students and teachers. Increase your proficiency in problem-solving, critical thinking and communication. With 100% online coursework, you'll be able to complete this program without putting your personal or work life on hold.

Attend weekly virtual meetings with your program advisor and other students. Gain access to tutorials, TExES 268 testing kits and assistance with practice testing. Take advantage of consultations for writing and creating your PASL project. This one-on-one attention gives you the specialized administrative knowledge you will need, as reflected in our students' high exam pass rates.

Become an effective school leader by enhancing your problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and communication expertise. With 100% online coursework, TAMIU'S Principal Professional Certificate looks at organizational theories, administrative preparation, personnel management, and educational research to enable you to create an atmosphere that gives staff and students opportunities to excel. You will leverage your knowledge in a two-part, field-based practicum.

Graduates of this Principal Professional Certificate online program will be able to:

  • Interpret education policy, public financing, and school accountability to develop and implement effective campus teaching and learning processes
  • Evaluate research, theory and data to facilitate the development of a campus vision for learning, communication and legal and ethical interactions with a variety of stakeholders
  • Assess the principles of effective leadership, management, and data-driven decision-making to ensure safe and effective learning environments
  • Interpret education policy, public financing, and school accountability to develop and implement effective campus teaching and learning processes
  • Evaluate research, theory and data to facilitate the development of a campus vision for learning, communication and legal and ethical interactions with a variety of stakeholders
  • Assess the principles of effective leadership, management, and data-driven decision-making to ensure safe and effective learning environments

Career opportunities include:

  • Campus Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Curriculum Director
  • Athletic Director
  • Special Education Director
  • Special Programs Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Campus Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Curriculum Director
  • Athletic Director
  • Special Education Director
  • Special Programs Director
  • Human Resources Manager

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Total Tuition $7,707*
Duration 8 months
Credit Hours 21

Accreditation


The State of Texas Education Agency

The Texas A&M International University College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.

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Tuition

Stay on budget with affordable tuition

Tuition for the Principal Professional Certificate online program is affordable and can be paid by the course. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $7,707*
Per Credit Hour $367

Calendar

Take note of these important dates

The Principal Professional Certificate program is delivered online, featuring 7-week courses and six start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Graduate Programs Degree Plan

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring II3/18/243/4/243/11/243/16/245/3/24
Summer I5/13/244/29/245/6/245/10/247/2/24
Summer II7/8/246/24/247/1/247/5/248/23/24

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 3/4/24
Class Starts 3/18/24

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Admissions

Get started on your application today—here's how

Applying for the Principal Professional Certificate online program is a simple process. Learn more about the admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours

  • Texas teacher certification (any field) and two years of teaching experience
  • Copy of teacher certificate and teacher service record
  • College of Education application and online screening survey
  • Code of Ethics form
  • FERPA form

International Transcript Evaluation:
TAMIU does their own foreign credential evaluations. Graduate School does not require third party evaluations nor are obligated to accept the results, or GPA calculations, if an evaluation is submitted. If an applicant submits an official evaluation, the evaluation does not replace official transcripts or certificates of graduation.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be sent to:

Texas A&M International University
Graduate School
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 223
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
OR
Electronically to [email protected]

Former TAMIU students do not need to submit TAMIU transcripts.

Upload the following documents to your application portal Click Here.

  1. FERPA consent found here
  2. Code of Ethics Form Teacher Candidate found here
  3. College of Education application found here
  4. Copy of your valid Texas Principal Certificate
  5. Complete the TAMIU College of Education On-line Screening Survey
  6. (If Required) Submit verification of minimum scaled scores on the (a) Test of English as a Foreign Language internet- Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing or (b) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to evidence English language proficiency if your undergraduate or graduate degree was not earned at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States as listed https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/laws-and-rules/sbec-rules-tac/texas-administrative-code-title-19-part-7

If transcripts are uploaded to the portal, you will be asked to resend all official transcripts by mail or email and will delay the application process.

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Courses

Explore the courses in our online Principal Professional Certificate program

Curriculum for the Principal Professional Certificate online program is comprised of seven courses (21 credit hours), including a two-part practicum.

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Organizational theories are examined. The course focuses on organizational leadership, problem solving, and decision-making techniques, their characteristics, and their applications. Must be taken within the first semester of enrollment in the program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to address administrative preparation, this course covers site-based management, program planning and assessment, personnel management, legal problems, public relations, pupil accounting, scheduling, facilities, finance, and budgeting.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course includes the legal basis for education, with special emphasis on the federal and state educational provisions.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores key issues in educational research and practice, particularly the focus on test scores to measure student achievement and educational effectiveness. It will examine what test scores, as well as other school-based data, mean. Further, a discussion how to descriptively analyze educational data, interpret data, and use data to make decisions about student learning and school improvement. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the College of Education.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the administration and supervision of special programs. Local policies related to state and federal standards will be examined.
Students are required to take both Practicums - total of 160 hours
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on observation, shadowing, and working to solve problems with a school administrator under the guidance of a university professor. Students will be required to complete eighty (80) hours of field work. Assignments include the implementation of techniques and styles of administrative behavior in a school setting.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the application of administrative tasks in an internship field-based experience. The course requires the development of an action research plan for change based on a need linked to a campus improvement plan. The course requires eighty (80) hours of field work completed under the direction of a university professor and a school supervisor. Assignments include the implementation of techniques and styles of administrative behavior in a school setting. **Journey Towards Principalship Videos are shared explaing steps beyond the 21 credit hours. Prerequisite: EDAM 5335.
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