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Online Principal Certification - How To Become A Principal through the Schreiner University Professional Certification Program

There are 2 ways to become a principal in Texas through the Schreiner 100% Online Program:

  • You can complete the Schreiner University Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification


  • If you already hold a master’s degree, you can complete your Principal Certification degree by itself in just one semester!

The Principal Certification Program consists of 18 hours of coursework plus a 3 hour internship which includes the TEA required 160 hour practicum aligned with principal standards.

Courses - 18 hours + 3 hours of internship

EDUC 6301 School Law
EDUC 6303 Human Resources, Public School Policy, and Administrative Procedures
EDUC 6312 Educational Leadership for School Effectiveness and Learning Performance
EDUC 6304 Administrator Internship and Certification Preparation
EDUC 6305 Instructional Leadership

EDUC 6310 Principal Test Preparation (Optional)

Admission Requirements

Principal Certification AND Master of Education:
(In addition to the admission requirements for the Online Master of Education Program)
  • Hold a valid Texas Teacher Certificate
  • Complete two years of verified teaching experience in an accredited Pre K-12 school (prior to certification)
Principal Certification ONLY:
  • Hold a Master of Education or other education related master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have earned a 3.5 GPA or above in master's level degree
  • Hold a current and valid Texas teaching certification
  • Provide proof of all years of teaching experience (2 years minimum experience required)

Admission Process

  • Online application with $25 application fee
    Please select “Graduate” as the type of student, and “Principal Certification” as your program/major.
  • Official transcripts from the college(s) granting your undergraduate and graduate degrees. All transfer information must be listed on the official transcripts. Certified electronic transcripts can be sent from your college to or official transcripts should be mailed to:

     Schreiner University
     Office of Admission
     2100 Memorial Blvd
     Kerrville, TX 78028

  • In-person or phone interview (can be scheduled directly with Dr. Neva Cramer at
  • Proof of Texas Teaching Certification
  • Proof of all years of teaching experience (have your HR/Administration to email this information to


Schreiner University Department of Education
ph:  830-792-7455


Katy Graczyk
Online Programs Enrollment Specialist

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