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.


Start Date:

6/15/20
7/13/20

Program Overview

$5,400*
Per Program
as few as 9 months
Program Duration
18
Credit Hours

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.

Gainful Employment

Learning outcomes include:

  • Effective strategies for supporting student learning and achievement
  • Best practices for integrating technology into the classroom
  • Partnership and engagement with stakeholders
  • Legal, ethical and policy dimensions of education
  • Effective strategic planning, personnel management and instructional design skills

Learning outcomes include:

  • Effective strategies for supporting student learning and achievement
  • Best practices for integrating technology into the classroom
  • Partnership and engagement with stakeholders
  • Legal, ethical and policy dimensions of education
  • Effective strategic planning, personnel management and instructional design skills
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Tuition

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

$5,400 Per Program. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

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

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.

Calendar

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.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:6/15/20
Start Class:7/13/20

5 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Summer I 06/01/2020 05/04/2020 05/28/2020 07/06/2020
Summer II 07/13/2020 06/15/2020 07/09/2020 08/14/2020
Fall 1 08/18/2020 07/21/2020 08/11/2020 09/21/2020
Fall 2 09/28/2020 08/31/2020 09/21/2020 11/02/2020
Fall 3 11/09/2020 10/12/2020 11/02/2020 12/11/2020

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Admissions

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.

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 educators who hold a master’s degree and have at least two years of teaching experience.

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through ApplyTexas.org. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Master's Degree: A master’s degree is required from any of the following disciplines which require initial teacher certification in any academic area/discipline
  • 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.

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education. Students who do not conduct practicum activities on an approved campus in Texas are not eligible to apply for certification in Texas or take the Texas principal certification exam/assessment.

**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

OR

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 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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*Price includes distance learning fee.

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