Principal Certification

Principal Certification Program

The Principal Certification program focuses on the skills required for campus-level and central office administration. Individuals may enroll in a program leading to the Texas Principal Certificate along with a Master of Education with a major in Educational Leadership. Those who already hold a master's degree may earn a principal's certificate without earning a second master's degree.

Our program emphasizes current theory and research to inform educational leaders as they make decisions regarding positive school culture, effective teaching practices, and student achievement. We accentuate field-based, practical applications of learning in educational leadership with online, blended, and face-to-face classes. The program leads to the Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) certification and the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) appraiser certification. We also help prepare candidates for the Texas Examination of Education Standards (TExES) for Principal Certification.

Lead Advisor: Dr. Linda Stromberg (Linda.Stromberg@unt.edu), (940) 565-3274
Administrative Assistant: Marilyn Kocurek (Marilyn.Kocurek@unt.edu), (940) 565-2175

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is a two-part process. Each applicant must first apply to and meet the general admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School at UNT. Then, applicants must complete an application packet from the Educational Administration program.

Deadlines for application:

April 15 - for enrollment in the following Summer semester
July 15 - for enrollment in the following Fall semester
November 15 - for enrollment in the following Spring semester

1) University Graduate School Application

Applicants should apply through the Toulouse Graduate School at www.applytexas.org. Submit the online application along with official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. If the applicant already has a master's degree and is seeking certification only, GRE scores are not required. However, if the applicant does not have a master's degree and is seeking master's plus certification, GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing) should be submitted to the Graduate School. Students may take the GRE within the first semester of the program.

If the minimum GPA requirements are met, the packet will be forwarded to our department for review. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School, including a minimum 3.4 GPA on a master's degree work (if applying with a master's degree), 2.8 on bachelor's (if applying without a master's degree), or (alternatively) GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours taken if applying with a bachelor's degree.

2) Program Application

Applicants must submit an Educational Leadership Program Application to the Educational Leadership Program Office by the deadline.

Admission Requirements

1) Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;

2) GPA of 2.8 or higher overall baccalaureate GPA, or 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours; or previous master's GPA of 3.4 or higher.

3) GRE scores: verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing. Program faculty members view high GRE scores as positive indicators of success in the program, but the GRE scores are considered along with other factors as part of a holistic review process.

4) At least two years teaching experience at the EC-12 levels.

5) At least provisional teacher certification.

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Principal's Certificate
Certification-Only Program

(UNT Graduate Catalog Listing)

If you do not have a master's degree, please see Master's of Education in Educational Leadership for the Master's Degree with Certification Program.

Certification Requirements

1. Required Coursework (18 hours)

EDAD 5330 - Instructional Leadership (3 hours)
EDAD 5390 - Campus-Level School Law (3 hours)
EDAD 5400 - Management of School Resources (3 hours)
EDAD 5600 - Race, Class and Gender Issues in Education (3 hours)
EDAD 5610 - School Communications and Public Relations (3 hours)
EDAD 5630 - Organizational Change and School Improvement (3 hours)

Students may substitute EDAD 5620 - Administration and Leadership for Student Educational Services, EDAD 5650 - Professional Development and Supervision, or EDAD 5680 - Administration of the K–12 Curriculum for the classes above except for EDAD 5330, EDAD 5390, or EDAD 5400.

3. Internship

EDAD 5500 - Internship (taken after completion of EDAD 5330, 5390, and 5400)

The internship cannot be used towards a master's or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. EDAD 5500 requires multiple meetings and 125 hours of interviews, observations, and participation in administrative functions at the school where the intern is a faculty member or administrator, as well as at other sites determined by a supervisory team consisting of a district supervisor and a university supervisor. Students must submit an application for internship in advance.  The application is available here or may be obtained from the program office at UNT, in Matthews Hall room 218. The deadline for submitting the application is October 1 for the following Spring, February 1 for the following Summer, and March 1 for the following Fall semesters.

Probationary Certificate

Upon completion of the four core courses, candidates are eligible for a probationary principal's certificate. This allows the candidate to serve as an administrator for one year and is renewable for two additional one-year periods. The candidate must complete the whole certification program before the probationary certificate elapses. In order to be awarded the probationary certificate, the candidate must be serving in a position that would require the principal's certificate.

A certification plan signed by an educational administration instructor and a teaching service record from the district must be on file before the probationary certificate may be granted. The teaching service record should be faxed to the COE certification officer at 940-565-2728. In addition, certification requirements from the state require a completed Statement of Eligibility form the University and the school district for the student be granted a probationary certificate. Students must apply online at the TEA website: www.tea.state.tx.us.

Time Limit for Courses

There is a seven year time limit for courses applied toward certification, which means courses on the certification plan cannot be over seven years old at the time of completion of the program. For students who already have a master's degree, earning certification consists of taking seven of the Educational Leadership courses, including the internship. Some students may be able to transfer in courses from the previous master's degree. The number of hours that a student can transfer into the principal certification program from another master's degree varies according to courses and whether or not those courses are equivalent to educational leadership courses.

Certification Deficiency Plans

Students who have prior graduate course work to transfer to a principal's certificate must schedule an appointment with an advisor to prepare a certification deficiency plan. This should be completed during the first semester of course work or prior to beginning course work.

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

For certification concurrent with earning a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, please see Master's of Education in Educational Leadership for the Master's Degree with Certification Program.

 

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