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Principal Credential

Specific Degree Requirements:

Students must complete an Online Graduate School Application found on the Office of Graduate Studies Program Page.

Admission Requirements for Students With a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership

  1. Students who are working on their Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from the Department of Educational Leadership at UTPA and want to pursue the Principal Credential must apply to the Department for admission the semester they will graduate.  Students who have received a master's degree in Educational Leadership from another University will have their transcripts reveiwed.  After reveiwing the transcripts the Program Committee will determine what additional courses are needed for the Principal Certificate.
  2. Students working on a master’s degree are not automatically admitted to the principal certification program.  Students interested in being admitted to the principal program Fall 2014 semester must apply through the UTPA Graduate Studies website and get all documentation to the department by July 1, 2014. Students will be notified by July 15, 2014 if admitted.

Students admitted prior to fall 2012 will complete 9 hrs EDUL 6338, EDUL 6393 and the internship, EDUL 6398. Students admitted fall 2012 through summer 2014 will complete 3 hours EDUL 6398 (Principal Practicum).Students admitted Fall 2014 and after will complete 6 hours EDUL 6390 (Pre-Practicum) and EDUL 6391 (Practicum). The courses are offered in the fall, spring, or summer; the practicum is only offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students must have a graduate 3.5 GPA or above and have completed three years of teaching experience to be considered. 

**If an applicant does not meet the 3.5 GPA, the applicant may write a letter of appeal to seek conditional admission.  The appeal will be reviewed by the Admission Appeal Committee.  Decisions regarding conditional admission will be made on a case-by-case basis depending on the extenuating circumstances pertaining to the appeal.  Each student admitted on a conditional basis will need to meet the conditions set forth by the Admission Appeal Committee in order to continue in the program.

Student must submit:
 

 

1.      An application form submitted on-line through the Office of Graduate Studies https://apply.embark.com/GRAD/UTPA/20/
 
2.      Transcriptsof all undergraduate and graduate casework
 
3.      A photocopy of current teacher certificate
 
4.      A photocopy of the teacher service record (Showing 3 years teaching experience or more)
 
5.      A Criminal Background Check ( www.utpa.edu/fcbackground )
 
6.   Presentation of the following to the Faculty Admissions Committee (1 hour)

A. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

1. Presentation of how you use student performance data to improve instruction

B. Evidence of Leadership Activities

1. Presentation of End-product from M.Ed. program

2. Presentation of School site leadership roles/responsibilities

 
7.    Enrollment Requirement for UTPA Students: Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination.
 
For more information on requirement #7 Please follow link below:
 
 
 
 
(Items 2-4 are to be submitted to the Department Office in Room 1.510 or email to rmherrera@utpa.edu or by fax to 956-665-2927)

 

Admission Requirements for Students With a Master's Degree in a Related Area

  1. Students who have a Master’s Degree in a related area such as Bilingual Education, Reading &  Counseling, or other related areas are also eligible to apply for the Accelerated Summer Principal Credential Program. The Accelerated Summer Principal Credential Program consists of 5 courses Pre-Practicum and a Practicum.  Students interested in being admitted to the principal program Summer 2015 semester must apply through the UTPA Graduate Studies website and get all documentation to the department by May 1, 2015. Students will be notified by May 15, 2015 if admitted.
                     

In the Accelerated Summer Principal Credential Program, the 5 courses are taken in the summer over 5 weeks and the internship is taken the following fall or spring semester. Each course meets every day, Monday through Friday from 8-5pm.
Students must have a graduate 3.5 GPA or above and must also have at least 5 years of teaching experience of which two years may be in a professional supervisory position to be considered. 

**If an applicant does not meet the 3.5 GPA, the applicant may write a letter of appeal to seek conditional admission.  The appeal will be reviewed by the Admission Appeal Committee.  Decisions regarding conditional admission will be made on a case-by-case basis depending on the extenuating circumstances pertaining to the appeal.  Each student admitted on a conditional basis will need to meet the conditions set forth by the Admission Appeal Committee in order to continue in the program.

Students must submit:
 

1.      An application form submitted on-line through the Office of Graduate Studies
 
2.      Transcriptsof all undergraduate and graduate casework
 
3.      A photocopy of current teacher certificate
 
4.      A photocopy of the teacher service record (showing at least 5 years of teaching experience of which two years may be in a professional supervisory position)
 
5.      Letter from a supervisor/principal indicating the applicant has potential for participating in the intensive summer program
 
6.   Presentation of the following to the Faculty Admissions Committee (1 hour)

A. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

1. Presentation of how you use student performance data to improve instruction

B. Evidence of Leadership Activities

1. Presentation of End-product from M.Ed. program

2. Presentation of School site leadership roles/responsibilities

 
7.      A Criminal Background Check ( www.utpa.edu/fcbackground )
 
8.     Enrollment Requirement for UTPA Students: Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination.
For more information on requirement #8 Please follow link below:
 
 
(Items 2-5 are to be submitted to the Department
Office in Room 1.510 or email to rmherrera@utpa.edu or by fax to 956-665-2927)

 

 

Program Description

Students who have a Master’s Degree in another area will take the following required courses for the Principal Credential.

EDUL 6330 **     Principles of Public School Leadership
EDUL 6331 **     Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
EDUL 6332 **     Instructional Support Programs and the Law
EDUL 6393 **     Administration of School Staff Personnel
EDUL 6338 **     The School Principalship
EDUL 6390         Pre-Practicum
EDUL 6391         Practicum

** Core Courses

The students will receive information regarding registration for the TExES and application for certification while enrolled in the internship.

Summer Programs

The Department offers an Accelerated Program for the Principal Credential in the Summer. The required five courses listed above (EDUL 6330,6331,6332,6338,6393) are offered as five one-week courses during the month of July.  The courses are rigorous and very intensive.  The Pre-Practicum course (EDUL6390) is to be taken in the following Fall or Spring Semester.  Students wishing to apply to this summer accelerated program must also submit a letter from a supervisor/principal, noting that the student is an applicant for the accelerated program and has potential for success in the intensive Summer program.

The Department will offer a full complement of day and night courses during the summer terms.

 

Please Note:  The Department of Educational Leadership does not follow the same summer schedule as the University.  Typically SummerI begins on or about June 1 and ends on or about June 30.  Summer II begins on or about July 1 and ends on or about July 31.  Check with Department on dates for next summer. A Mini-Term may be offered the last two weeks in May. (check with the Department Office for the Schedule).

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