M.Ed. Principal Certification


This degree is designed for educators who wish to move into leadership positions in education and obtain a Texas Principal Certification. This degree will also allow the graduate to acquire employment in various positions at the central administration level as well as acquiring leadership positions at regional service centers. Others also use this degree as a prerequisite to begin superintendent certification coursework.


Course Overview

The following required courses, successfully completed, lead to a Master of Education with Principal Certification.

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 Core Courses (Required for Master of Education) - 12 hours
EDUC 5322 Curriculum Design, Assessment and Evaluation
This course examines classical as well as current theories of curriculum development and design. Practical applications of curriculum assessment and other determinants are considered. A systemic evaluation process of curriculum is emphasized.
EDUC 5331 Education Research
This course will focus on methods used to conduct research in education. Topics covered will include: organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, qualitative research in education, and ethical issues related to educational research. An emphasis is placed on interpreting existing research for application purposes as a classroom teacher.
EDUC 5333 Technology in Today's Classroom
This course will develop technology literacy skills for teaching. Students will demonstrate the use of technology in communicating, collaborating, and teaching. Knowledge and proficiencies needed to confidently incorporate existing and emerging educational technologies into candidates’ future classrooms will be taught. Emphasis will be on integrating technology applications to support content area teaching. Assignments and activities will be tailored to fit the track that student is taking.
EDUC 5387 Texas School Law
This course is designed to develop and improve the students’ knowledge and understanding of the basic legal parameters that impact organization and control of the Texas and American school systems.
Principal Certification Option - 18 hours
EDUC 5380 Strategic Operations
This course provides students with an overview of strategic operations in public school management theory and research. Long range planning and development will be the key topics. The course assumes management as a phenomenon embedded within particular contexts of school-based decision making and governance. Information from the educational administration and corporate perspectives of management will focus attention on the improvement of communication and implementation of tasks associated with the delivery of services in public schools.
EDUC 5381 School Finance
In this course students will focus on the role of the principal in the management of public school campus finances. Emphasis will be placed on planning, development, and implementation of finances as well as budgeting, purchasing, human resources, and business office management. The course will include a focus on the processes and procedures that most effectively and equitably meet the identified instructional needs of the building and specifically supports increased student achievement as specified in the campus improvement plan.
EDUC 5382 Administration of Special Programs
Administration of Special Programs prepares students to administer special and compensatory education programs. The course emphasizes the basic concepts, issues, problems, and procedures in administration of special and compensatory programs. Students will be exposed to real world issues in the form of case studies and group projects.
EDUC 5384 The Principal
This course is designed to focus on the skills, practices, and understandings to be an effective principal. Instruction in this course will emphasize competencies necessary for leadership and management of the school. It will also focus on the Principal’s role in developing an effective learning community.
EDUC 5385 Practicum I
This practicum course in education administration is the first of two field-based courses in which students have an opportunity to apply or demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills in a real world (public school) setting. Critical issues relating to school leadership and management are examined in the practicum experience. Approximately 75 hours of activities are undertaken that relate to the principal as the school community leader, instructional leader, and administrative leader of the campus. All activities must be related to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) standards and competencies taught in the program curriculum and tested in the Principal Certificate.
EDUC 5386 Practicum II
This practicum course in education administration is the second of two field-based courses in which students have an opportunity to apply or demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills in a real world (public school) setting. Critical issues relating to school leadership and management are examined in the practicum experience. Approximately 75 hours of activities are undertaken that relate to the principal as the school community leader, instructional leader, and administrative leader of the campus. Additionally, an action research project will be completed as the culminating activity. All activities must be related to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) standards and competencies taught in the program curriculum and tested in the Principal Certificate. Prerequisite: Completion of EDUC 5385 with a grade of “B” or higher.

12 Month Master's Degree with Principal Certification Course Schedule

Summer II (June)

Summer III (July)

Fall

Spring

Summer I (May)

EDUC 5384

EDUC 5333

EDUC 5381

EDUC 5382

EDUC 5322

EDUC 5385


 

EDUC 5331

EDUC 5386

KINE 5387

KINE 5380