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Program Certificate in Principal Education online

The Lamar University online Program Certificate in Principal Education online prepares teachers with a master's degree in the skills and competencies they need to become effective, accountable administrators and leaders of diverse, nurturing learning communities.

About the Program

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in as few as 9 months
18 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

The Program Certificate in Principal Education online program blends theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience school leadership experience to give you effective strategies for supporting student learning and achievement. You will learn best practices for integrating technology into the classroom as well as how to engage and partner with stakeholders across the entire school community.

With guidance from experienced educators and superintendents, you will understand the legal, ethical and policy dimensions of education with special emphasis on case law, the Texas Education Code and federal and state statutes. In addition, you will develop effective strategic planning, personnel management and instructional design skills.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

Gainful Employment

Online Courses

Through 18 hours of coursework, including a capstone internship experience, you will become prepared for state principal certification. Courses are offered on a rotational basis and not every course is offered in each session. EDLD 5311 and EDLD 5398 are offered each session.

How to become a principal in Texas:

The Texas Education Agency requires students in online programs who live and work out of state and who plan to apply for Texas Principal Certification to undergo review of teaching credentials by the Texas Education Agency. The cost to the candidate for this service is $180.00.

EDLD 5311 Fundamentals of Leadership and Technology

This course provides students the opportunity to construct a foundation of leadership through fundamental theories of leadership. Students define their own purpose of leadership and begin to develop the basic skills required to build communities that support learning for all students. Special emphasis is given to leadership as relationships between and among people and systems.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership

This course emphasizes techniques for improving instruction and learning through the application of the research on effective schools and on models of instruction. Topics include leadership related to curriculum, instruction, supervision, and theories and methods for adult learning and professional development. The principal as the leader of learning involves such tasks as teacher evaluation, supervision, mentoring, and effective communication.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5344 School Law

This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5333 Leadership for Accountability

This course concentrates on both short and long-range district and campus planning. Students will examine the state accountability system; disaggregate data, and use data and resources to improve instruction and the curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on problem solving techniques and facilitation skills of effective school leaders.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5345 Human Resource Management

This course focuses on building the human resources to support the learning and instructional mission of the school and the attainment of school goals. Topics include: ethical considerations in interactions with others, district policy and its relationship to personnel, confidentiality, employment and personnel law, contract renewal and non-renewal, teacher development, and an understanding of motivational theories and its application within the school environment.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5398 Internship in Principal

Designed to give the prospective principal job-related experience under the joint supervision of a school administrator and faculty of Lamar University. Management issues include: operations resources, facilities, and safety. Study of the instructional and administrative proficiencies necessary for effective schools. Should be the last course taken. May be repeated once for credit.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's online Program Certificate in Principal Education offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

April 10th, 2017

Apply by March 13, 2017

June 5, 2017

Apply by May 8, 2017

July 17, 2017

Apply by June 19, 2017

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

$275

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Beginning June 1st, the TEA will require that Texas students seeking licensure must have one in-person observation during the course of their program. Lamar will be implementing a $500 fee which will cover in an person observation for students seeking licensure.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.

Master's Degree

This program is designed for experienced teachers who hold a master's degree.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.