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Principal Professional Certificate Online

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

Program Overview

Focus on your future with our online principal certificate program

Prepare to thrive as an effective education administrator with the TAMIU Principal Professional Certificate online program. Dedicated TAMIU faculty are committed to your success by providing personal and individualized attention to help you prepare for the TExES 268 Principal as Instructional Leader exam and complete the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL), both required to obtain principal certification in Texas.


Total Tuition

as few as 8 months

Program Duration


Credit Hours

Credit Hours

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.

Valuable tips that will help while you're completing your program:

  • Don't wait—begin preparing for the TExES 268 exam now
  • Start preparing your portfolio project for the spring or fall PASL submission deadline
  • Allow 2 months to prepare for the TExES 268 exam. Plan your timeline.
    • When will you submit your PASL assessment?
    • When will you take the TExES 268 exam?
  • Prepare a practicum plan:
    • Who will be your site supervisor?
    • Does your connection with your administrator support a practicum-type relationship?
  • Remember—your practicum advisor must be certified in Texas
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TAMIU is proud to celebrate 50 years of leadership preparation programs (2023).

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

Career opportunities include:

  • Campus Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Curriculum Director
  • Athletic Director
  • Special Education Director
  • Special Programs Director
  • Human Resources Manager
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The Texas A&M International University College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.


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.

In-State Tuition:

The following tuition applies only to Texas residents.

Program Tuition $7,707

In-State Tuition Per Credit hour: $367


Out-of-State Tuition:

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Program Tuition
Out of State Tuition Per Credit hour


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.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer I 2023 05/15/2023 05/01/2023 05/08/2023 05/10/2023 05/12/2023
Summer II 2023 07/10/2023 06/26/2023 07/03/2023 07/05/2023 07/07/2023
Fall I 2023 08/28/2023 08/14/2023 08/21/2023 08/23/2023 08/25/2023
Fall II 2023 10/23/2023 10/09/2023 10/16/2023 10/18/2023 10/20/2023

Graduate Programs Degree Plan



Get started on your application today—here's how

Principal Professional Certificate online 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
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

***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.

Have a question? Call us at 844-872-8712.



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.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, organizational theories are examined. Coursework focuses on organizational leadership as well as problem-solving and decision-making techniques, characteristics and applications.

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 discussion focuses on 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.



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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. Prerequisite: EDAM 5335.

Practicum 1&2 will be taken after all other courses are complete


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