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Principal Certification Online

Earn your Principal Certification and prepare for the TExES Principal exam—in just one year!

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Program Overview

Successfully prepare for your role as a school principal or instructional leader with the Principal Certification online degree program at The University of Texas at Arlington. This program (18 credit hours, 6 courses) features online coursework and a completion time of as few as 12 months. The program prepares you to take both the TExES Principal (268) exam and the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) 368 exam.

Why Choose UTA Online:

icon $4,920 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 18 Semester Credit Hours
icon $4,920 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 18 Semester Credit Hours

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states may continue in their program without interruption.

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In this program, you will gain comprehension for testing in six domains of school culture: Leading Learning, Human Capital, Executive Leadership, Strategic Operations, and Ethics, Equity, and Diversity.

Program Advantages:

  • NCATE accredited
  • Prepares you for the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) 368 exam.
  • Approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as a Principal Educator Preparation Program
  • Strong alumni network

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information.

Learning outcomes for this program include:

  • Preparation to succeed in the critical role of an effective, entry-level school principal or assistant principal with an increased emphasis on instructional leadership
  • Aspects of instructional leadership, such as data-driven decision-making, the continuous improvement cycle, the observation and coaching cycle, change management, and issues related to educational equity
  • Contexts present reflect early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, rural, urban and suburban schools
  • Heightened understanding of the knowledge, skills and mindset that are key to being a successful school leader
  • Coaching teachers: emphasis placed on instructional coaching and providing evidence-based feedback to teachers
  • Emphasis on supporting staff in the effective use of instructional data to inform instructional practice and develop intervention plans
  • The importance of culture and diversity in schools

Future roles could include school Principal, Assistant Principal or private school Administrator. This program requires approved administrative practicum work.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education.

$4,920 Total Tuition
$819.99 Per Course*
$273.33 Per Credit Hour

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Our Principal Certification online program offers multiple start dates and is ideal for students who seek to balance a job, a family, an education, and a social life.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/21/2020 12/18/2019 12/18/2019 1/15/2020 1/17/2020 Spring
3/16/2020 2/20/2020 2/20/2020 3/11/2020 3/13/2020 Spring
5/18/2020 4/23/2020 4/23/2020 5/13/2020 5/15/2020 Summer
6/29/2020 6/4/2020 6/4/2020 6/24/2020 6/26/2020 Summer
8/24/2020 7/30/2020 7/30/2020 8/19/2020 8/21/2020 Fall
10/19/2020 9/24/2020 9/24/2020 10/14/2020 10/16/2020 Fall

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The UTA College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Principal Certification online program. Find out the requirements for this online program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them below.

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icon 2 Years Teaching Experience
icon Master's Degree
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icon 2 Years Teaching Experience
icon Master's Degree

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Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of the Principal Certification program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

  • Master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency, as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in master’s coursework
  • Hold a standard teaching certificate
  • Have a minimum of two completed years of classroom teaching experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Other documents required for TEA reporting
  • As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following:
    • In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
    • If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
    • You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation. View more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation

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Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information. Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements.

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EDAD 5330: Leadership in the Instructional Setting

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an examination of current research on effective instructional organizations and classroom instruction in today's schools, on characteristics of school leadership, and on the role and function of the teacher as instructional leader. Topics include the essential components of instruction, developing instructional-management systems, evaluating student and teacher performance, assisting colleagues to monitor and improve instructional skills, and school climate and leadership styles as they impact school improvement.

EDAD 5381: Governance, Political, and Legal Aspects of Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasized in this course are the legal foundation of public education, political theory, and application of political skills in working with school personnel, students, parents, and community organizations. The role of the law, court rulings and the politics of school governance at the federal, state and local levels will be addressed.

EDAD 5383: The Principalship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The role of the campus leader in the leadership, organization and administration of schools is addressed in this course. An emphasis will be placed on continuous school improvement. The importance of the concepts of the principal as scholar-practitioner and proactive leader will be stressed.

EDAD 5384: Resource Management in Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

School finance, as well as auxiliary areas of resource management, will be addressed. The emphasis will be on the use of technology, alternative models of financing and budgeting, and sources of revenue from the federal, state and local levels as well as from private sources. The course is designed to assist administrators in developing an understanding of the functions, operation and evaluation of auxiliary services which support the educational program.

EDAD 5389: Administrative Practicum

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to provide prospective educational administrators job-related experiences under supervision in an appropriate educational setting. An approved professional study is designed in relationship to the intern's interest and past experiences. Can be repeated for credit with approval of advisor.

EDAD 5399: Capstone Internship in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Successful completion of the Capstone Internship will fulfill the comprehensive examination requirements for the graduate degree and result in the completion of the professional portfolio and research project. This course is the last one in the program for every student.

*Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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