Principal As Instructional Leader

Certification Program

Home » Academic Programs » Principal Certification


Advance your career with our online Principal Certification program, designed for educational leaders who need a professional certification for an administrative position. With our individualized attention and courses structured for working adults.

Program includes free practice exams and provides a course for Principal as Instructional Leader state testing preparation and PASL (Performance Assessment of School Leaders)

Schreiner University offers a Principal Certification program that is one year, online only, with options to start in the Fall or Spring (no summer term available). Due to TEA regulations, Schreiner University is unable to admit students that do not have a Texas teaching certification and/or reside in Texas. DOD schools overseas can be considered. Contact the Admission Office for more information.

There are two ways to become a principal in Texas through the Schreiner 100% Online Program: You can complete the Schreiner University Online Master of Education, and then apply to our Principal Certification program; or if you already hold a master’s degree, you can complete your Principal Certification degree by itself in just one year. The Principal Certification program consists of 18 hours including practicum / internship which includes the TEA required 160-hour practicum aligned with principal standards.

Meet Your Professors!

Dr. Neva Cramer
Dr. Neva Cramer

Dr. Neva Cramer Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education – research and publications in learning through the arts, trauma informed pedagogy, creating engaging learning environments, and supporting literacy through the visual and communicative arts.

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist, and there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
John Steinbeck

Dr. Joan Bowman
Dr. Joan Bowman

Dr. Joan Bowman Associate Professor in Education and Coordinator of the Principal as Instructional Leader Program. – research and presentations in instructional technology and innovative online learning. Dr. Bowman uses her prior experience in public school administrative leadership to train and prepare future educational leaders.

Dr. Doug Monk
Dr. Doug Monk

Dr. Doug Monk Assistant Professor in Education- research and presentations in principal preparation. Dr. Monk teaches and supervises pre-service teachers and prepares principal candidates for the state certification exams. As a former teacher and administrator in Texas public schools, he ensures the success of our future professional educators and leaders.

Dr. Doug Monk
Liliana Lovisa

Liliana Lovisa, Teacher Certification Officer for Profession in Education.

  • 100% online

  • 1 Semester of Coursework

  • 1 Semester of Practicum

  • 18 credit hours

  • 2 Start Dates

  • Includes intensive coaching for 268 and PASL assessment’s

  • Low-cost competitive tuition

Accredited by SACS
Accredited by TEA

Director of Education

Neva Cramer
Professor of Education/Director of Teacher Graduate Education
Professions in Education

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.  – John Steinbeck


  • B.S., Secondary Education
    Southwest Texas University
  • Speech/Drama and English
    Louisiana State University, 1977
  • M.A. in Reading, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
    Louisiana State University, 1994
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
    Louisiana State University, 2003


  • Elmore Whitehearst Award for Creative Teaching 2013
  • Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity 2015

Presentations and Publications (Most Recent)

  • The Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, 6-12M. Hougen, Ed. 2015
    Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc. Part II Chapter 13
    Supporting Literacy and Learning through the Visual and Communicative Arts
  • Transforming Learning in the 21st Century College Classroom through the Arts
    The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21, Issue 2, January 2015, pp.15-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 846.127KB).
  • Texas Association for Literacy Education Yearbook, Volume 2, Building Momentum, August 2014 Chapter 6: Supporting Literacy Through the Visual and Communicative Arts: Building Momentum in Literacy for 21st Century Digital Learners
  • The Learner Conference: The Learner 21st International Conference On Learning. June 14, 2014 New York.  Presentation: New Literacies for 21st Century Learners: Making Text Come Alive for Today’s Visual Learners
  • Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference October 27, 2014 Houston, Texas. Session Presentation: Transforming Classroom Learning Through the Arts
  • CSOTTE Annual Conference Oct 19-21- Austin, Texas. Session Presentation: Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Transform the Traditional Classroom through the Visual and Communicative Arts
  • Texas Association for Literacy Educators Annual Conference: Inspiring and Transforming Literacy February 21st , 2015. The Woodlands. Texas. Presentation: Art and Literacy: Linking Literacy and the Visual Arts

Dr. Cramer teaches in the MEd and Med plus Teacher Certification program. She is dedicated to helping prepare future professional educators.   Dr. Cramer specializes in teaching and learning through the arts.  With a background in the performing arts, Dr. Neva has combined her interests and studies to promote literacy through local, regional, and statewide school seminars and workshops, through presentations for the International Literacy Association, the National Council Of Teacher Educators, Texas Association of Literacy Educators, Texas ASCD,  National Association of Supervision and Curriculum, CSOTTE,  The College Board, and other organizations. She spent five years at Louisiana State University as an instructor for teacher training classes and university supervisor of student teachers. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional educator in the areas of theatre, speech, secondary English, reading and language arts. She is currently an associate professor and the Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education at Schreiner University

Chair of Principal Certification

Joan Bowman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Education
Academic Affairs

Courses Taught at Schreiner University

  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Foundations of Education
  • Effective Leadership for School Effectiveness & Learning Performance
  • Administrator Internship – Cert Prep
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities
  • Curriculum and Assessment

College Courses Taught Prior to Schreiner University

  • Professionalism and Human Performance
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Healthcare Management
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior & Leadership


  • Bachelor of Science – Industrial Technology
    Sam Houston State University
  • Master’s Degree – Education Administration
    University of Nebraska
  • Ph.D. – Elementary and Secondary Supervision
    Capella University


  • Bowman, J., It’s All About the Students, July 2014
  • Bowman, J., The Spyglass, January 2014
  • Bowman, J., & Giles, V., Focus on Instruction, July 2012
  • Bowman, J., Professional Development and Assessment System, August 2010
  • Bowman, J., & Giles, V., Data Day, July 2009
  • Bowman, J., Coleman, P., & Gunning, A., Leadership Academy for Aspiring Administrators, February 2006
  • Bowman, J. State-Mandated Tests: Are They Fair For All Students? Dissertation, March 2004
  • Bowman, J., & Wick, D.T. Schools: The Untapped Resource, Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapist. Houston, Texas, January 16, 2004
  • Bowman, J., Wick, D.T. & Wick, D. The Children TAAS Left Behind. Presented to Psychology Conference, Dallas, Texas, October 2003


  • Superintendent Certification
  • Region IV ESC for Superintendent Certification Program
  • Principal Certification
  • Administrative Certification – Nebraska (Principal – 7-12)
  • Texas Provisional Teaching Certification
  • University of Nebraska Certification of the Standards “Educational Technology Foundation for all Teachers”
  • Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS)
  • Instructional Leadership Development (ILD)

Prior to coming to Schreiner University, Dr. Bowman’s educational experiences included teaching high school students and serving in the administrative positions of assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent. One of her favorite opportunities has been to mentor and train principals because she believes they have the most significant impact on campus culture and teacher and student learning. Dr. Bowman is passionate about learning, teaching and facilitating.

Dr. Joan Bowman is married to Dr. Rodney Bowman and they have three daughters. Joan and her family enjoy being together and their favorite activity is participating in runs – especially the Houston Marathon. The Bowman’s have run many marathons and half marathons including the Disney Goofy Challenge and the Disney Princess Run.

Dr. Bowman has lived in the greater Houston area for many years and she is excited to experience the “hill country” lifestyle and become a part of the Schreiner family.


Certification Officer

Liliana Lovisa
Administrative Coordinator / Teacher Certification Officer
Academic Affairs

Contact Us

We would be happy to answer any of your questions!

Special Events

Scheduled events such as Schreiner Saturdays offer a variety of information sessions led by faculty, admissions staff, and students to allow prospective students to see what Schreiner University has to offer.

Daily Events

You will have the opportunity to experience campus on a tour led by a current student as well as meet with a faculty member and one of our admissions team members to talk about your application, scholarships and financial aid! Tours are available Monday through Friday at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.