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Admission Requirements

The educational leadership program offers degree and certification options for aspiring leaders in public, private, and higher education. Applicants may apply for degree only, certification only, or degree + certification options. Upon successful completion of the applicant’s selected educator preparation program, degrees are conferred by West Texas A&M University and certification is granted by the Texas Education Agency upon recommendation by West Texas A&M University’s Educator Preparation Program (EPP) certification officer. The minimum requirements for admission to the degree and certification options, as required by West Texas A&M University and the Texas Education Agency are listed in the table below.

  Degree Options Certification Options
Requirements M.Ed. Ed.D. Principal Superintendent

Degree

Bachelor’s

Master’s

M.Ed. + Certification: Bachelor’s*

Certification Only: Master’s*

Master’s*

Minimum GPA

(overall or last 60 hours)

2.75

3.25

2.75

2.75

Educator Certificate*

N/A

N/A

Teacher

Principal

Creditable Teaching* Experience

N/A

N/A

M.Ed. + Certification: 0 years, but 2 years by end of program

Certification Only: 2 years

2 years

* Refer to Texas Education Agency (TEA) specific requirements for becoming a principal or superintendent in Texas

Admission to the educational leadership degree and certification options begins with an application to the Graduate School. Identify the degree and/or certification options in the table below to fulfill your educational and career goals. Any of the options may stand alone or be combined through degree and certification options. For example, the M.Ed. and principal certification, or the Ed.D. and superintendent certification are popular combinations. Specific requirements for admission to the Graduate School and the educational leadership degree and certification programs are described in detail in the academic catalogs.

Graduate admission requirements and deadlines must be met to be considered for admission to the applicable programs. Applicants may be admitted to the Graduate School under regular or conditional guidelines as described in the academic catalogs. Use the table below to prepare the appropriate application materials to meet your degree and/or certification goals. Use the Guidance for Completing and Submitting EDLD Application Material document in preparing your application. Submit application materials to Heather Wilson in the Graduate School. For assistance, contact Heather Wilson or your adviser.

Note: Applicants for degree + certification combinations such as M.Ed + principal certification or Ed.D. + superintendent certification must complete ALL application components in the first column of the table below.

Application Components Required

(click on each applicable link)

Degree Options

Certification Options

M.Ed.

Ed.D.

Principal

Superintendent

Graduate School

Office of Teacher Preparation

   

Official Transcripts

Candidate Information Page

   

Resume / CV

Letters of Recommendation

Educator Certificate

Service Record or Deficiency Letter

   

 Signed TEA Code of Ethics

 Screening Requirements

 Signed Acceptance Letter

   

TEA Fee

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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