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Texas Principal Certification

Students who already have a master’s degree can enter this plan to complete the requirements for Texas Principal Certification.

The program provides a foundation in education finance, school law, principal roles and responsibilities and personnel supervision.

You will receive certification after successfully completing the coursework and passing the TExES Principal examination.

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Certification Program

Educational Administration Certification Program


This certification is intended for those who want to pursue careers as school principals at the elementary, middle or high school level.

Program Highlights

  • Our department holds State (Texas Education Agency) and national (NCATE) accreditation.

  • All courses offered in the plan are delivered in an online format for your convenience.

  • Most students complete the program in 12 months or less depending on course availability, start date, and number of courses taken during each semester.

Admission Requirements

When applying for the Principal Certification plan, please use the 5X8 ND Additional Cert application.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours 
  • Two years of teaching experience in a TEA-accredited school

Application Deadlines

Please contact the graduate advisor to learn more about program deadlines.


  • Certification Requirements

    Semester Credit Hours (SCH)
    Courses Hours
    EDG 6305 Legal and Ethical Principles
    EDG 6311 Instructional Supervision 3
    EDG 6341 Role of the Principal 3
    EDG 6344 School District Resource Management 3
    EDG 6345 Human Relationships in Educational Administration 3
    EDG 6347 Practicum in School Administration 3
    Total SCH for Texas Principal Certification 18

    *To be recommended for certification after completion of the required coursework, the applicant must hold a Texas teaching certificate, and have at least two years’ teaching experience in the Texas public school system or equivalent. Additionally, students must receive a passing score on the TExES Principal exam.

    Please contact your Regional Education Service Center for more information about TTESS and TPESS Training.

  • Students enrolled in this certification plan are not eligible for federal student loans. They are eligible for a state funded loan through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board called the College Access Loan and Private Alternative Educational Loans. For more information, contact the ASU Financial Aid Office .

Departmental Scholarships

For a complete list of available scholarships, see the Scholarship Programs website.

  • Brenda Priess Miller Scholarship
    Donor Mrs. Brenda P. Miller
    Eligibility Graduate of Mason High School, junior or senior in the College of Education and a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable

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