Eighteen Credit Hours To Complete
This program prepares Principals with a strong foundation of knowledge, skills, real world experience, and innovative research to be educational leaders. Graduates fill an important need in the community, serving in diverse positions in both public and private educational institutions. The program emphasizes instructional leadership; administration, supervision, and communication skills; curriculum and instruction management; performance evaluation; organization; and fiscal management (Title 19, TAC §241.1).
A principal is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity and fairness and in an ethical manner; the success of all students and shapes campus culture by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community; the success of all students by implementing a staff evaluation and development system to improve the performance of all staff members, selects and implements appropriate models for supervision and staff development, and applies the legal requirements for personnel management; the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources; the success of all students through leadership and management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment; the success of all students by facilitating the design and implementation of curricula and strategic plans that enhance teaching and learning; alignment of curriculum, curriculum resources, and assessment; and the use of various forms of assessment to measure student performance; the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a campus culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth (Title 19, TAC §241.15).
The holder of the Principal Certificate issued under the provisions of this chapter may serve as a principal or assistant principal in a Texas public school (Title 19, TAC §241.1).
Criteria include eighteen (18) graduate credit hours, a college certification plan, state minimum requirements (Title 19, TAC §241.5), and the state criteria for issuance of certification (Title 19, TAC §241.20).
For further information, consult the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 112 Farish Hall, 713-743-5046.