Program Certificate in Principal Education Online


This online certificate program 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.

Apply by: 8/1/24
Start class: 8/22/24

Program Overview

Why consider the Certificate in Principal Education online program

The online Program Certificate in Principal Education blends theoretical knowledge and hands-on 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.

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Total Tuition $6,156*
Duration As few as 9 months
Credit Hours 18

*Price includes distance learning fee.



Lamar University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The M.Ed. in Administration, M.Ed. in Counseling and Development – Prof. School Counseling, and Program Certificate in Principal Education have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 2027.

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Discover the value of our low-cost tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing the Program Certificate in Principal Education online. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $6,156*
Per Credit Hour $342
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Milestones to guide your student journey

Our Program Certificate in Principal Education online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

5 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer II7/1/246/17/246/24/248/1/24
Fall 18/22/248/1/248/15/249/18/24
Fall 29/30/249/9/249/20/2410/30/24
Fall 311/4/2410/14/2410/28/2412/5/24
Spring I1/16/2512/26/241/9/252/26/25
Spring II2/27/252/6/252/20/254/9/25
Spring III4/7/253/17/253/31/255/7/25

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/1/24
Class Starts 8/22/24

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Steps to being admitted to our online Certificate in Principal Education program

The Program Certificate in Principal Education online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Master's Degree

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Master's degree: A master’s degree from any academic area/discipline that requires an initial teacher certification is required. Conferred master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA will be used for admission purposes.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Leadership requires the following for admission to the department programs. Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting the other documents will be e-mailed separately if you are accepted to the program.

  • Department application with essay responses.
  • Reference from a principal or assistant principal who has supervised you.
  • Valid teaching certificate.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Two years teaching experience. Applicants seeking certification in Texas should request a service record with an authorized signature from their HR office.
  • Applicants seeking certification in Texas must conduct practicum/internship activities on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.

Many programs may lead to licensure or certification in other states, but additional coursework or other requirements may be required by your state. Please review this chart for guidance regarding whether a Lamar University program will meet educational requirements in your state. For additional questions, if considering any academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, please contact our Out-of-State Licensure and Authorization Office.

**Please note that out-of-state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

†Not applicable to out-of-state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.


The topics you’ll study in our online Certificate in Principal Education program

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.

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

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