University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Principal Certification

Applicants who already have a master’s degree in educational administration or related field must complete a separate application and review process for the Principal Certification Program. Applications from students with master's degrees in related fields will be reviewed by a faculty committee to determine course credit, if applicable. Typically, course credit is limited to 9 semester credit hours 

Students pursuing a master’s degree in educational administration who would like to pursue a Texas Principal Certificate must indicate so when applying to the program.

Students applying to the Principal Certification Program must submit the following:

  1. Three professional letter of recommendation from current or former supervisors
  2. A valid Texas teaching certificate
  3. Service record showing a minimum of two years' teaching experience, and 
  4. Curriculum vitae/resume

Students pursuing the Texas Principal Certification will be required to complete the following before enrolling in the School Mgmt. Internship courses:

  1. Successful mastery (>=80%) on the TexEs qualifying exam,
  2. Successful mastery (>=240 scale score) on the TExES Principal Examination

While completing the School Management Internship courses, students must also complete Advanced Educational Leadership (AEL) and Texas Teacher Education Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) workshops. 

Field-Based Courses

In addition to master’s degree-related coursework, the Principal Certification Program requires two internships. The internship courses are EDAD 5375 School Management Internship I and EDAD 5376 School Management Internship II. Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check in order to complete this requirement. 

The Field-Based Courses are completed at the end of all other coursework. Six credit hours are required and these courses include:

EDAD 5375School Management Internship I3
EDAD 5376Schl Management Internship II3

Degree Plan

Field-Based Courses
EDAD 5375School Management Internship I3
EDAD 5376Schl Management Internship II3
Select three additional hours with advisor approval3
Total Hours9

Exit Portfolio

At the end of the EDAD 5376 School Management Internship II, students will present a portfolio containing relevant and practical administrative-based material produced in other course activities, as associated with the Learner-Centered Standards for Principals in Texas. The portfolio will be reviewed by faculty members and local expert school administrators to determine whether sufficient academic growth has been demonstrated to warrant the granting of a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration with Principal Certification.