Educational Leadership


Now you can complete your Master’s in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification OR your Principal Certification-only through TWU with our new Pioneer Flex Courses. Pioneer Flex courses are five weeks long and consist of online instruction with two face-to-face Saturday meetings of eight hours each. So a typical semester schedule would be:

  • 1st five weeks one Pioneer Flex class
  • 2nd five weeks a second Pioneer Flex class
  • A third class during the regular 15-week semester

Pioneer Flex classes contain all of the content and rigor of a full-semester class, but in a condensed format. With this schedule you can complete your 30-hour M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in 18 months or your 21-hour Principal certification-only program in 12 months. You will participate in a wide variety of experiential learning activities that will allow you to learn and practice the skills of a school administrator through case studies, activities and projects. The program is aligned with the competencies of the Texas Exam of Educator Standards (TExES) for Principals and is designed to prepare you to pass your TExES exam and to be a successful school administrator.

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Admission Requirements

To obtain a recommendation for certification through Texas Woman’s University, you must have:

  • At least two years of teaching experience for principal certification candidates and district- or school-level leadership experience for superintendent certification candidates
  • For principal and superintendent certification only: A master’s degree (preferably in education or in an education-related field). If you are applying for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, you can earn your M.Ed. and principal certification simultaneously

More information about state requirements for principal and superintendent certification can be found on the Texas Education Agency website

Apply to the university

  • Apply to the university
  • Submit required Department of Teacher Education Professional Certificate Program Application
  • Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework. (Please note: You must have at least a 3.0 GPA on your last 60 hours)
  • Submit at least two professional letters of recommendation; these should be from professional supervisors or previous professors who can speak to your ability to do rigorous graduate work
  • Submit a clearly written, informative letter of intent indicating your desired program area and why you are pursuing this degree and/or certification
  • Submit a copy of all service records showing teaching experience under a standard certificate
  • Submit copies of all current certifications. (Please note: You must have a valid Texas teaching certificate if you are seeking principal certification, and you must have a valid Texas principal or mid-management administrator certificate if you are seeking superintendent certification)


Master’s Degree (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership)

Degree Plan for M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Certification-Only Programs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growing need for principals and superintendents as school enrollments continue to increase. The Department of Teacher Education and the Educational Leadership Program offer coursework leading to recommendation for Texas Principal Certification and Texas Superintendent Certification.

For more information

Department of Teacher Education
P.O. Box 425769
Denton, TX 76204-5769

Page last updated 2:54 PM, June 17, 2019