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Online Principal Certification Program in Texas

Earn your Principal Certification

If you have aspirations of a leading a school, you can earn your principal’s certification at The University of Texas Permian Basin. Once complete, graduates will have the skills to promote the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a healthy school culture and instructional program that is conducive to student learning and professional growth. Graduates will also be able to ensure the management of the school, operations, and resources to provide a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Principal as Instructional Leader Certification Requirements -Eligible candidates almost always live and work in Texas*

  • Must have a Master’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Must qualify for admission to Graduate Studies at UT Permian Basin.
  • Must hold a valid classroom teaching certification or license.
  • Most students must complete 28 credit hours*** of coursework including two Practicum courses

In addition to completing course requirements, candidates for Principal as Instructional Leader certification must earn a passing score on the 268 Principal as Instructional Leader Certification exam, successfully complete all 368 (PASL) Task submission requirements, and must have at least two years of creditable classroom teaching experience. Other requirements may apply.

If you are not certified and/or do not work on a Texas Education Agency (TEA approved** campus, you are not almost certainly not eligible for Principal as Instructional Leader Certification in Texas. Furthermore, the UT Permian Basin Educator Preparation Program Office, the Certification Office and MA in Educational Leadership program professors may not be able to offer formal advisement an/or support if you plan to pursue certification in a state outside Texas. To ensure this program will meet certification requirements for candidates outside the state of Texas, those candidates are encouraged to contact their state's certifying organization.

**(approved campuses include any public ISD in Texas, any TEA approved charter school or private school, and DoDEA schools)

***28 credit hours includes a 1 credit hour course focused on certification exam preparation. Candidates can earn eligibility for an exemption from that course. Visit with a program instructor for more information.