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Schools need dedicated principals. Are you ready to fill this role? Earn your Principal Certification online at A&M-Commerce. Our year-long program equips you with the leadership, legal and administrative skills to excel. To qualify for this program, you must currently hold a master’s degree. We also offer a 30-hour Master of Educational Administration with Principal Certification option for those seeking a graduate degree.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online

1 Year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Online
Total Credit Hours

21 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Admission Requirements

Admission to Certification Only-option is a two-part process. First, you must apply to the Graduate School. Second, you must submit a separate application to the Certification Office.

Note: You must currently hold a master’s degree to qualify for this certification. International students are not eligible for this program.

Step One: Applying to Graduate School

To apply for the Graduate School, you must:

  • Complete the ApplyTexas application
  • Pay $50 application fee
  • Hold an master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of a 2.75, or 3.00 overall on the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree, or an overall 3.00 on a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit proof of current valid teacher certification
  • Include Teaching Service Record with a minimum of 1-year teaching experience
  • Submit all official undergraduate transcripts, including all transcripts used towards earning a bachelor’s degree. Any master’s degree transcripts with graduate coursework, if applicable

Step Two: Applying to Principal Certification

Prior to being fully admitted to the Principal Certification portion, you will need to apply to the Certificate Office. This is a separate application with separate fees.

To apply for the Certification Office, you must:

  • Submit the Professional Certification Program application and print the entire application
  • Print and sign the FERPA/Code of Conduct requirements
  • Submit $50 application fee via Marketplace (separate from the Graduate School application fee)
  • Submit $35 TEA Assessment Fee via Marketplace
  • Submit a copy of a valid Texas Teaching Certificate
  • Submit a copy of your Service Record

Please mail or email your packet to Leesa Cannon.

Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Acceptance and Admission

Once the screening process is complete, and you have met the admission requirements, you will be emailed an admission letter that you must sign, scan and email back to Judy Allen. Once our office has received your signed admission letter, you will receive an official acceptance to our certification-only program with registration information. After you have received your official acceptance, you have a six-year timeline for course completion. For more information, refer to our Retention and Dismissal Policy.

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