The graduate academic certificate for principal preparation consists of seven courses that address skills and knowledge needed for successful school leadership. The courses in this program are offered as part of the Accelerated Online Program with all classes in the 8 week format except for the internship in educational administration, which is a full semester. Candidates learn about curriculum and instruction; education law; resource management; differentiation to promote the success of all students; approaches for working well with parents and the community; and methods for building human capacity and a positive school culture. The courses include many opportunities for practical application, and the internship in educational administration gives the candidates hands-on experience in school leadership and management.
To apply for this Graduate Academic Certificate Program, candidates must apply for Toulouse Graduate School Admission on www.applytexas.org and submit transcripts to the graduate school. In addition, candidates must submit the following to the Educational Leadership Program: a supervisor’s letter of recommendation, a resume, an essay about leadership experience and goals, and a program application. A teaching certificate and teaching experience are required for this program. Contact the Educational Leadership Program office or advisor for forms describing these requirements.