Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Educational Leadership

Principal as Instructional Leader Certification or Certification Only

Hybrid or 100% Online 30 major credits * 18 months

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Earn a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership

Become eligible for the Principal Certification

Have the option to also earn TTESS certification

Take the program in-person or online


Experienced educators with at least two years teaching experience who are interested in becoming an administrator in a K-12 school or district.

What You Learn

The program leading to a professional Principal certificate is designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and practical experience for assuming the role of principal and a variety of other administrative positions in the public schools.

How You Learn

Face-to-Face: This is a cohort program. Students will take one course at a time, attending class one night a week from 5:00 to 8:00, with three (3) hours of additional online work every week. Every semester, students will complete two seven (7) week courses. EDUC 6330, Administrative Internship I, and EDUC 6331, Administrative Internship II, are both 15 week courses. Students will only meet three times a semester for a face-to-face meeting with the course professor. The bulk of the work is done on the student’s campus and in independent work. During Summer Session, students will attend two different night classes. Summer Session begins the last week in May and continues until the first week in July. Summer Session hours run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Online: This is an online cohort program. Students will check in online to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. While there are no face-to-face requirements, some live online sessions and/or conference call sessions may be required. Students will finish two courses every 15 weeks.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and be eligible to take the TExES Principal Exam for principal certification in the state of Texas. Principal certification is typically used for all administrative positions, from assistant principal to assistant superintendent in Texas K-12 schools.Students who already hold a UST Master’s degree have the option to complete Principal Certification as a second resource area on their transcripts.


Students working towards a Principal Certificate must have two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher in a TEA approved public/private school which is documented by a copy of a valid service record. Additionally, a valid Texas Teaching Certificate is required for the Principal Certificate. Generally creditable teaching experience requires both a Content Exam and A PPR Exam. The following types of experience are identified as not creditable for the purpose of Professional Certification: Librarian, Speech Therapist, Teachers Aid, Substitute Teaching or Associate Teacher. For certification, candidates must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) in the area of Principal.

Program Options

The University of St. Thomas offers a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification, as well as a stand-alone Principal Certification Program for students who already hold a Master’s degree. The full Leadership Program (M.Ed.) consists of 30 hours of coursework. Once students complete the program they will be prepared to sit for the Principal’s certification exam.

If a student already has a non-UST Master’s degree, a student is eligible to take the 18 hour certification program and will be eligible to sit for the Principal’s Exam at the end of the 18 hours. Once the 18-hours certification program is completed, six credit hours from your previous Master’s degree may be transferred, with the Program Chair’s approval, to be used towards a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. If a student chooses this option, another 12 hours of core course work at off-campus tuition cost will be required.

Students with a UST Masters of Education degree may add a second resource area to their Master’s degree. By earning a second Master’s degree or a second resource area, students keep current in the field which increases opportunities in the job market.

Degree Plan

Course Title Hours
EDUC 5392
The Principalship
EDUC 6335
Administrative Practicum I
EDUC 5391
School Law
EDUC 6336
Administrative Practicum II
EDUC 5390
Educational Leadership
EDUC 6306
Introduction to School Finance
EDUC 5310
Clinical Supervision
EDUC 6326
Educational Research and Scholarly Writing
EDUC 6327
Educational Research Design and Data Analysis
EDUC 5397 Curriculum Planning and Development 3
Total Credit Hours: 30
Please Note:

The chart above lists each of the courses that make up the M.Ed. degree, but it is not an official class schedule and is subject to change.