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Program Certificate in Principal Education online

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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.

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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.

icon $4,950* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 9 months Program Duration
icon 18 Credit Hours
icon $4,950* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 9 months Program Duration
icon 18 Credit Hours

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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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$4,950 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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

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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!

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall I 2019 8/26/2019 7/25/2019 8/22/2019 9/30/2019
Fall II 2019 10/7/2019 9/5/2019 10/3/2019 11/11/2019
Fall III 2019 11/18/2019 10/17/2019 11/14/2019 12/20/2019
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 12/19/2019 1/16/2020 2/24/2020
Spring II 2020 3/2/2020 2/3/2020 2/27/2020 4/6/2020
Spring III 2020 4/13/2020 3/13/2020 4/9/2020 5/18/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/4/2020 5/28/2020 7/6/2020
Summer II 2020 7/13/2020 5/25/2020 7/9/2020 8/14/2020

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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.

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Online Application

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

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Teaching Certificate

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

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Master's Degree

This program is designed for educators who hold a master's degree and have at least one year of practical administrative experience.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.

Applicants for Principal Certification must meet the following criteria:

  • Master's Degree

Department of Educational Administration Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Educational Administration requires the following for admission to the department program. These requirements will be solicited from you at the time your Apply Texas application is uploaded to the Lamar University data system. You can determine right now if your place of employment is approved by TEA.

  • Teaching Certificate: Valid teaching certificate.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: Two years teaching experience
  • Employment: Employed 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.
  • Personal essay
  • Reference: Reference from your principal

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education.

**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.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

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Submit electronically to luadmtran@lamar.edu

*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 or college 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.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.

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.

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EDLD 5311: Fundamentals of Leadership

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the relationships between and among human behavior, belief systems and administrative style.

EDLD 5352: Instructional Leadership

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Techniques of improving instruction through application of research on effective schools and models of instruction.

EDLD 5339: The Principalship

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course positions the school leader as the effective manager of the organization and its operations. Multiple topics are addressed such as: safe and effective learning environments, student support services, school policies and procedures, discipline management, behavior intervention, and fiscal issues in school management.

EDLD 5333: Leadership for Accountability

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of short and long-range planning and problem solving techniques of effective school leaders. Special emphasis will be given to applications in an individual campus and the relationship to district planning processes.

EDLD 5345: Human Resources Development

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Fundamentals of human relations and organizational behavior in developing programs of recruitment, selection, assignment, evaluation, promotion and termination of personnel.

EDLD 5398: Internship in Principal

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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