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Professional Certifications

The coursework in school improvement (SI) is consistent with a growing knowledge base within the K-12 environment. The coursework will prepare school leaders in a variety of roles (lead teachers, supervisors, staff developers, central office administrators, principals, superintendents, etc…) for leadership focused on the “technical core” of schooling: curriculum, instruction, and assessment. To this end, students in this program will develop skills in transformational school leadership, professional development, curriculum development, instructional improvement, improvement of student assessment, and databased whole-school improvement. 

Principal Superintendent
Students holding a valid teaching certificate are eligible to earn Texas Principal Certification by completing the Ph.D. program requirements and taking designated principal preparation courses as electives. Students holding a valid principal certification are eligible to earn Texas Superintendent Certification by completing the Ph.D. program requirements and taking designated superintendent preparation courses for electives.
The required elective courses are EDCL 7348 Public School Law, EDCL 7387 Field-based Practicum I, EDCL 7388 Field-based Practicum II. The required elective courses are ED 7347 The Superintendency, ED 7349 School Finance and Business Management, EDCL 6389 Field-based Practicum I, EDCL 6390 Field-based Practicum II.
Students must also pass the state certifying exam (TExES) to be eligible for certification. Students must also pass the state certifying exam (TExES) to be eligible for certification.