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West Texas A&M University is an approved educator preparation program for principal and superintendent certification. WTAMU adheres strictly to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements for becoming a principal or superintendent in Texas. Requiremnets for licensure and/or certification vary from state to state. WTAMU's programs prepare candiates for licensure and/or certification in the State of Texas. WTAMU does not represent that its programs prepare candidates for licensure and/or certification in other states.

The West Texas A&M University Educational Leadership Program prepares confident, skilled, and reflective leaders of education to pursue excellence and make powerful and lasting impacts in their communities. This program's degree and certification options include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree, Texas principal certification, and Texas superintendent certification. To learn more, click on this informational video link. While your adviser is always willing to assist you, enrolling in the appropriate classes is ultimately your responsibility.

M.Ed. with or without Texas Principal Certification

The M.Ed. with or without Texas principal certification is a 30-semester credit hour (SCH) program consisting of 8 courses and a year-long practicum that must include a fall, spring, and full summer (extends across both summer semesters), taken in any order, and accomplished by 3 consecutive enrollments in EDLD 6299. These three consecutive enrollments must come at the end of the candidate's program. Consequently, advance planning on the part of the candidate is critical at the outset of his/her program. Determination of the desired completion date dictates when the first enrollment in EDLD 6299 must occur (one year prior to planned completion of the program). The practicum may be completed while simultaneously enrolled in the required online course work. Program completion may be no shorter than one year and no longer than six years. The culminating exams include the master's comprehensive exam for conferral of the M.Ed. and the principal TExES for state licensure as a Texas principal. 

The table below reveals the annual course rotation. The program is not offered on a cohort model. There is no required point of entry, i.e., one may start in the fall, spring or summer. The only exception is that the summer section of EDLD 6299 requires enrollment in SU 1 since it extends across the entire summer (defined as both summer semesters beginning in June and ending in August). Candidates may complete the program in a minimum of one year or a maximum of six. For the candidate seeking a one-year program, the recommended enrollment plan is displayed in the table below, i.e., every course listed in every semester. For the candidate wishing to extend his/her program beyond one year, s/he is free to structure coursework as s/he pleases so long as the three consecutive enrollments in EDLD 6299 are during the last three semesters of his/her program.

Fall

Spring

Summer

1st ½ semester

2nd ½ semester

1st ½ semester

2nd ½ semester

1st semester

2nd semester

EDPD 6303 or EDPD 6304*

EDPD 6303 or EDPD 6304*

 

 

EDLD 6317

EDLD 6307

EDLD 6309

EDLD 6311

EDLD 6313

EDLD 6315

EDLD 6299**

EDLD 6299**

EDLD 6299**

*    Competency-based credit may be considered as a substitution for this course.

** Field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships required for Texas certification must be completed in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) or other school approved by the TEA and approved by WTAMU. A non-certification, degree only option that does not require in state field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships is available for candidates whose residency is outside the state of Texas.

Note that registration for both 1st and 2nd half-semester courses must occur prior to the beginning of the semester which equates to August, January, June, and July for the fall, spring and summer semesters respectively.

Texas Principal Certification Only

This 24-semester credit hour program, comprised of six courses and a year-long practicum (as described in the section above), is designed for applicants who hold an earned master’s degree and are pursuing mid-management positions in public and private schools that require the Texas principal certificate.

For the candidate seeking a one-year program, the recommended enrollment plan is displayed in the bottom two rows of the table above. There is no required point of entry, i.e., one may start in the fall, spring or summer. The only exception is that the summer section of EDLD 6299 requires enrollment in SU 1 since it extends across the entire summer (defined as both summer semesters beginning in June and ending in August).

Texas Superintendent Certification Only

For most candidates with Texas principal certification, this 15 SCH program is effectively 9 SCH because six hours from one's principal preparation program are transferred to his/her superintendent program. The state required practicum is integrated within the three required courses - EDLD 6320 (SP), EDLD 6322 (SU), and EDLD 6324 (FA) (completed in any order) such that this program has a year-long practicum.

 

Advisement

Advisement for candidates in the M.Ed. Only, M.Ed. + Principal Certification, or Principal Certification programs is provided in the two cells of the table below. Select the cell that is appropriate to you.   

Program start date was BEFORE the Fall 2018 semester on the original 36 SCH M.Ed. or 30 SCH principal certification only plan

Program start date was on or before the Fall 2018 semester on the new 30 SCH M.Ed. or 24 SCH principal certification only plan

Advisement for most superintendent certification candidates is straightforward in that the three required courses - EDLD 6320, EDLD 6322, and EDLD 6324 are offered only in the spring, summer (extended summer starting in June and ending in August, requiring SU1 enrollment), and fall semesters respectively. There is no required start or end point. Enrollment is available for one to begin at any of the three semesters of course offerings. 

 

All candidates will register for classes through Buff Advisor once they have been green lighted by their adviser

 

Classes Requiring Special Permission for Enrollment

For classes that require special enrollment permissions, contact your adviser via email for assistance. These courses include EDLD 6099, EDLD 6299, and EDLD 6395. The EDLD 6395 course is not a "regular" course available for enrollment by anyone who chooses it. It is used only in special circumstances for individuals who have contacted their adviser and have been granted permission to enroll bases on extenuating circumstances.

 

Always include your Buff ID number on any correspondence with your adviser.

 

Other

Course listings in Buff Advisor will always supersede anything on this EDLD website or any document retrieved from a link on this website.

If you are a recipient of financial aid, you must maintain a minimum course load of 6 hours per long semester and/or 3 hours per summer semester. However, if you are enrolled in a practicum section of EDLD 6299 that prevents you from meeting the minimum SCH requirement to qualify for financial aid, you may submit a Half-Time Status Designation Request form to qualify.

 

Note: Requirements for licensure/certification vary from state to state. Our programs prepare candidates for certification and/or licensure in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare candidates for licensure or certification in other states.

 

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