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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Principal Certification

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies  |   Professional Certification

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Purpose of Program

This social justice and equity oriented program focuses on developing personal, professional, and community leadership skills and prepares students to lead P-12 educational institutions. We prepare student-centered leaders to understand and address complex and systemic issues that continue to impact educational effectiveness, equity, and achievement.

Designed to meet Texas’ Principal Certification requirements, many faculty members are former teachers and administrators who bring real-world experience and practical knowledge into the classroom. Students benefit from our faculty’s close connections with local school districts, superintendents, and principals, while expanding their professional networks as they work alongside other dedicated educators.

Program Options

The program requires 15 credits:

  • EDL 6013 Supervision: Teaching-Learning Process
  • EDL 5503  Administration and Function of Special Programs
  • EDL 6023 Supervision: Tools and Techniques (Instructional Leadership)
  • EDL 5403  The Principalship
  • EDL 6942  Practicum in Educational Administration
  • EDL 6941 Practicum in Educational Administration 

Our program offers workshops, study materials, and a practice exam in preparation for taking the TExES Principal Certification Exam. In partnership with administrators and school districts, a résumé and interview workshop prepares students for the job search. In addition, this program provides training in Texas-Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL).

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Principal Certification Program can find career opportunities such as: assistant principal, principal, and district level curriculum coordinator and leader, program director, assistant and deputy superintendent, superintendent (with superintendent certification), and other central office administrative positions.

Job Outlook/Earnings

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Applicant must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended documenting proof of a master's degree (from accredited institution) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in last 30 hours of coursework
  • Master’s degree
  • Be in good academic standing with the last institution attended

** Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements or require assistance should consult the program's Student Development Specialist and the Graduate School Catalog for assistance.

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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Financial Aid & Scholarships

To apply for financial aid, complete the:

Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA)


UTSA Scholarships (Grad & Undergrad)

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For additional help in finding and applying for scholarships, please contact:

Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Services
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210-458-4487 fax

UTSA Graduate School

Send all USPS mail (transcripts, etc.) to:

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Attn: The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

College of Education and Human Development

Mailing Address:

The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249