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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 and after will complete 3hrs EDUL 6398 (Principal 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 3.0 GPA or above and have completed two years of teaching experience to be considered. Student must submit:
 

 

1.      An application form submitted on-line through the Office of Graduate Studies https://apply.embark.com/GRAD/UTPA/18/
 
2.      Transcriptsof all undergraduate and graduate casework
 
3.      Three artifacts of demonstrated leadership during the past two
 
4.      A photocopy of current teacher certificate(from SBEC will be fine)
 
5.      A photocopy of the teacher service record
 
6.      A Criminal Background Check ( www.utpa.edu/fcbackground )
 
7.   Oral onsite Interview
 
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)

 

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 and an internship.  Students interested in being admitted to the principal program Summer 2014 semester must apply through the UTPA Graduate Studies website and get all documentation to the department by April 15, 2014. Students will be notified by April 30, 2014 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 3.25 GPA or above and must also have at least 5 years of teaching experience and/or a combined professional experience in public schools to be considered.  Students must submit:

 

1.      An application form submitted on-line through the Office of Graduate Studies
 
2.      Transcriptsof all undergraduate and graduate casework
 
3.      Three artifacts of demonstrated leadership during the past two
 
4.      A photocopy of current teacher certificate(from SBEC will be fine)
 
5.      A photocopy of the teacher service record
 
6.      Letter from a supervisor/principal indicating the applicant has potential for participating in the intensive summer program
 
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 6398         Principal 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 Internship course (EDUL6398) 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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