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Master of Education in Education Leadership with Principal Certification

The department of Education Leadership is proud to offer a 30 hour Master of Education in Education Leadership.  This degree provides the foundation for the skills and knowledge required to pass the TExES Certification Examination for Principals.  For students already holding a master's degree in education (or a related field), TAMUT offers a Principal Certification program consisting of 21 hours of coursework designed to prepare students to pass the TExES Certification Examination for Principals.  The programs are offered online starting in Fall 2017 to be convenient for our students. We will admit new cohorts every Fall semester for both programs.

Admissions Standards and Rubric

The application process for the A&M-Texarkana Scholars in Practice graduate programs involves a hierarchical process.  The rubric used for assessing the applicant’s predicted success in Master’s level work is provided in Table 1.  All applicants will be required to complete and submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Graduate application and processing fee ($30 for US citizens/permanent residents; $50 for international applicants) via www.ApplyTexas.org 
  • Official TOEFL scores taken within the last two years (international students only)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE)or Millers Analogy Test (MAT) scores that are less than 5 years old at the time of application.
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended by the applicant providing evidence of a Bachelor’s degree and Master's degree for Principal certification only. 
  • More information regarding this program information can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Once your materials have been received by Graduate Studies, please submit the following item to our TK20 system (https://tamut.tk20.com).This system is free to our applicants and does not require you to pay additional fees.

  • Official service records including demonstrated experience in a work environment where education is the primary professional emphasis (e.g., teaching, Leadership, school counseling, curriculum development in elementary, secondary, postsecondary, governmental, or private industry settings).

 Applicant Screening

To ensure a structured, objective approach to analyze applicants in a fair and unbiased manner, a value rubric will be used to assess each applicant’s likelihood of being successful in the Master’s program.
Table 1

Master's Applicant Assessment Rubric

Application Packet/Document Review







GRE Verbal Scores/MAT Scores 

Below 30th percentile

30th-40th percentile

41st-50th Percentile

50th-65th Percentile

Above 65th Percentile

Graduate GPA from Official Transcripts

GPA Below 3.00

GPA 3.00 – 3.24

GPA 3.25- 3.4

GPA 3.5 - 3.74

GPA 3.75 - 4.0

Official Service Records

Worked in a school but not as a certified professional but currently holds teacher certification.

Holds certification as a classroom teacher and is working as a first year teacher.

Works in a school as a classroom teacher for less than five years.

Works in a school as a classroom teacher for more than five years.

Works in a school as a classroom teacher and/or in specialized position (i.e. counseling, librarian, specialist etc.)  for more than five years.

Beginning in Fall 2017, the program will admit students in the Fall only. For information regarding either program, contact Dr. Amy Burkman at (903) 223-3076 or amy.burkman@tamut.edu.

Master's and Principal Certification Course Sequence


ED 520       Research Literature and Techniques**

EDLD 531  Instructional Leadership


EDLD 540  School Finance and Management

EDLD 570  Texas School Law

Long Summer-Online

EDLD 574  Special and Compensatory Programs

EDLD 510  Curriculum Studies for Education Leaders**

Summer II-July, Face-to-Face as required by the State

EDLD 567  Instructional Supervision (TTESS/AEL certification)


EDLD 580  Data Analysis for Campus Improvement 

EDLD 560  Technology for Instructional Improvement**

     Take and pass comprehensive exam at 80% mastery!


EDLD 588  Principal Internship

Courses marked with ** are not required for students pursuing principal certification only.

Please note: Beginning January 2016, students are allowed a maximum of five attempts to pass the Principal and Superintendent certification exams. Students who have taken one of these exams and not passed prior to January 2016 can count all of the attempts prior to January 2016 as one attempt. While the ETS Eligibility web service does not send test approval for a test after an educator has reached or exceeded the exam limite of 5 attempts for that test, the exam registratoin system may not prevent a person from registering. If a person passes on the sixth attempt, that person will need to request a waiver form TEA, not the university, for the attempt to count for certification.

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