Teachers who desire to move into leadership roles at the campus level have the opportunity to earn a Master of Education in Educational Administration while working toward principal certification in Texas. Courses are aligned to the new 268 exam and Performance Assessments for School Leaders (PASL) tasks.
Candidates are prepared over the course of the two-year (six-semester) online program that includes a full-semester campus-based internship. The ultimate goal is to develop leaders who possess the knowledge, skills and mindsets to serve students, teachers and their greater communities.
Candidates for the Texas Principal Certificate must:
- Hold a master's degree.
- Hold a valid classroom teaching certificate.
- Have a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience in a K-12 school.
- Successfully complete a principal preparation program, including a practicum at a TEA-approved campus in Texas, under the guidance of a state-certified mentor who has at least three years of administrative experience.
- Obtain permission from Concordia to sit for the Texas principal certification exams (see Principal Certification Admissions & Benchmarks).
- Pass the TExES Principal exams (268-Principal as Instructional Leader and 368-Performance Assessment for School Leaders).
Graduate students who select this specialization will:
- Meet principal certification requirements set forth by the State of Texas.
- Display ethical and Christian leadership skills necessary to help students grow in a healthy and productive manner.
- Display all the skills necessary to be a successful administrator at private or public schools.
- Be trained in laws, policies and procedures at the federal, state and local levels.
- Have the opportunity to complete Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) and Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) training.
- Complete a practicum as an acting administrator at the campus or district level.