University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Arts in Education-Educational Leadership, Principal Certification

image of graduation cap in foregroundThe Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Educational Leadership, offered by The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB), is designed to prepare candidates for positions of leadership in education. Advanced candidates participating in this program may become eligible for Principal Certification often required for positions in school administration. Candidates receive training in instructional and administrative leadership, cultural proficiency, conflict resolution, school law and ethics, fiscal responsibility, organizational theory and other relevant areas appropriate for twenty-first century educational leaders. Eligible candidates may also pursue Superintendent Certification through this program. The Educational Leadership program is aligned with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Principal and Superintendent Competencies, as well as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Education Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards.

Students admitted to UT Permian Basin in the Master of Arts in Education, Educational Leadership, Principal Certification, or Superintendent Certification programs may apply for the BEST Scholarship which pays $225 per course towards tuition.


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The UT Permian Basin School of Education certification programs are fully accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

 

NCATE logoThe UT Permian Basin School of Education proudly achieved full accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October, 2007.


Program Options

All advanced candidates should consult with the program advisor to develop a degree and/or certification plan representing current SBEC competencies and ELCC standards. Substitutions of courses for the advanced candidate’s master's degree or Principal Certification plan must follow the proper procedures of a Petition to Graduate Studies, and are subject to approval of the candidate’s advisor and the appropriate Graduate Committee. Continued consultation and advisement with the Educational Leadership faculty will insure successful completion of the Master’s degree and Principal and Superintendent certification.

MA with Principal Certification

Thirty-six total credits are required for the degree and certification. In addition to completing the degree, candidates for certification as a Principal must earn a passing score on the Texas Principal Certification Exam and must have at least two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

Principal Certification Only

Advanced candidates with a master’s degree in fields related to education will be required to complete 21 additional credits. In addition to completing course requirements, candidates for certification as a Principal must earn a passing score on the Texas Principal Certification Exam and must have at least two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

Superintendent Certification

Advanced candidates with a master’s degree and Principal Certification may qualify as candidates to receive Superintendent Certification. All courses are available online through the UT Online Consortium.

Courses

Link to a list of the courses required for the program. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select Educational Leadership (MA) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Permian Basin

Dr. Jessica Garrett-Staib

Chair, Education Leadership and Counseling

(432) 552-2169
staib_j@utpb.edu

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Education-Educational Leadership
Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTPB for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Are campus visits required?
    No, all of the courses are offered 100% online. If a course requires field-based experience/practicum it is noted in the course description.
  • How can I find more information?
    Please contact the program advisor listed above if you have additional questions about the program.

Getting Started

To participate in the program you must apply to and be accepted by UT Permian Basin.