Department of Educational LeadershipMaster of Education in Educational Administration (EDAD)&Principal Certification ProgramSTUDENT HANDBOOK2014-2015Note: This handbook is subject to change without prior notification and updates will be available in theEducational Leadership Department. This handbook does not constitute a catalog and does not carry catalogprivileges. **********Revised November 2014

2Department of Educational LeadershipTexas A&M University-CommerceP.O. Box 3011Young Education North 113Commerce, Texas 75429903.886.5520Future and Current Students:The Department of Educational Leadership would like to thank you for your interest in ouronline Educational Administration Principal Certification Program. Whether you are pursuingour 30-hour Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with Principal Certification or our21-hour Principal Certification Only track, we strive to provide you with the necessary skillsthat will prepare you to become an effective school administrator within today’s educationalclimate. Our 7-week sub terms emphasize quality interaction between the instructor-andstudent and are tailored to the demands of today’s busy professional educator and graduatestudent. Another unique feature of our program is the opportunity for you to obtain theInstructional Leadership Development (ILD) Certificate within the Master’s degree program.Within this handbook, you will find pertinent information to include: procedures and requirements,Degree plans and course listings,Student orientation and advising,Principal certification internship requirements,TExES Examination protocol, and,Principal certification application proceduresShould you have any questions regarding our Principal Certification Program, please contactDr. Julia Ballenger at Julia. [email protected] again, we appreciate your interest in the Educational Administration PrincipalPreparation Program at Texas A&M University at Commerce.Revised November 2014

3Department of Educational LeadershipThe online Principal Certification Program located in the Department ofEducational Leadership is empowered by experienced faculty dedicated to themission and vision of the department. Each of our faculty is passionate about youreducation, learning, and success.Our MissionThe Department of Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Commerceprepares graduates for teaching, service, and leadership roles in a variety ofeducational, business, government, and industry contexts.Our VisionThe Department of Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Commerceenvisions exemplary programs that challenge highly qualified students to excel intheir respective disciplines and careers through engagement in a rigorous andtransformative learning environment linking theory to practice while expanding theknowledge base of the learner, the profession, and the respective academicdisciplines.Revised November 2014

4Department of Educational LeadershipPrincipal Preparation Program FacultyThe faculty of the Principal Preparation Program are professional educators who bringtheir Texas public school leadership experiences to you. Our faculty has served as assistantprincipals, principals, coordinators, assistant superintendents, and superintendents in variousschool districts. These practical experiences coupled with active research agendas make forthe best possible learning experiences as students seek to become educational leaders who willmake a difference in schools, school districts, and local communities.Glenda Holland, EdDProfessorHead, Department of Educational LeadershipEast Texas State [email protected] Arrambide, EdDAssistant ProfessorTexas A&M a Ballenger, PhDAssistant ProfessorMaster’s CoordinatorUniversity of Texas [email protected] Borgemenke, EdDAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Texas at El PasoArt.Borg[email protected] Goodwin, EdDAssistant ProfessorArkansas State [email protected] Farris, EdDAssistant ProfessorUniversity of [email protected] Holt, EdDAssistant ProfessorDoctoral CoordinatorLamar [email protected] Kemp-Graham, PhDAssistant ProfessorNew York [email protected] Ortloff, EdDAssistant ProfessorTexas A&M [email protected] November 2014Ava Munoz, PhDAssistant ProfessorUniversity of Texas-Pan [email protected] Templeton, EdDAssistant ProfessorLiberty [email protected]

5Ray Thompson, EdDAssistant ProfessorStephen F. Austin [email protected] A. Vornberg, PhDProfessor EmeritusUniversity of [email protected] Ann Webb, EdDAssistant ProfessorArkansas State [email protected] Principal Preparation Program at Texas A&M University-Commerce has a richhistory as a college and university dedicated to the creation of educational leaders.Though the name of our university has changed along the way, its role in creatingeducators of excellence has not changed. Mayo’s founding creed of “ceaseless industry,fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others” continues to thisday.Since 1996, the university has been a part of the Texas A&M University System.TAMUC, with its unique online delivery of instruction, continues to grow throughout Texasand strives to provide students with a quality education that serves as a springboard to careersand lives that make a difference through public and private education systems.The Principal Preparation Program is located in the Department of EducationalLeadership in the College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M UniversityCommerce. The Department of Educational Leadership is composed of the followingprograms: Educational Administration (online)Educational Technology-Leadership (online)Educational Technology-Library Science (online)Global e-Learning (online)Higher Education LeadershipThe Department of Educational Leadership and its programs are located on theCommerce campus in the Young Education North Building, Room 113. The mailing addressand other contact information are listed below.Department of Educational LeadershipTexas A&M University-CommercePO Box 3011Commerce, TX 75429MAIN: 903.886.5520FAX: 903.886.5507Revised November 2014

6ADMISSION PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTSTAMUC GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSIONStudents must be admitted by both the TAMUC Graduate School and the TAMUCPrincipal Preparation Program to be fully admitted to the program regardless of whether acandidate is pursuing the 30-hour Masters Degree in Educational Administration with PrincipalCertification or the 21-hour Principal Certification Only option.The first step in entering our program is to apply for admission to the TAMUC GraduateSchool. Students may apply online at the Graduate School website and initiate the admissionprocess.REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE SCHOOL 50 application feeOfficial Bachelors transcript - from a regionally accredited universityApplicationOne of the following: Official GRE Scores; or Proof of a current valid Texasteacher or principal certificate; or Completed master's degree from a regionallyaccredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA; or a conferred bachelor’s degreewith at least a 3.0 GPAStudents who apply for admission to enter the 30-hour Master’s Degree in EducationalAdministration with Principal Certification will have one of the following admission statuscategories assigned:1. Full admission2. Conditional admission3. Provisional admissionFull Admission Status is granted for those students who have completed the applicationprocess and have no further requirements for our program’s admission criteria rubric.Conditional Admission Status is granted for those students who have completed theapplication process, but their criteria falls below the measures described within our program’sadmission criteria. Students who fall under this status need to maintain a 3.00 grade pointaverage for the first 12-hours of program coursework to be granted full admission status.Provisional Admission Status is granted for those students who have an incompleteapplication. Under this status, the student is NOT eligible for financial aid and may take nomore than 6-hours of program coursework prior to completing the entire admissions process.This process must be completed before being allowed to take more than the first two courses.Failure to complete the admission process fully will result in being ineligible to take courses thenext semester.Applicants who pursue our 21-hour Principal Certification Only option should apply forNon-Degree Principal Certification through the graduate school application link. The 21-hourRevised November 2014

7Principal Certification Only option is for those students who have already earned a Master’sDegree from an accredited institution or are completing another master’s program at TAMUC.PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM APPLICATION1. Complete, print, sign, and date Application to the certification program for Principal andprint confirmation page.2. Complete, print, sign, and date certification plan.Principal Certification Plan – Master’s Degree Already HeldPrincipal Certification Plan – Master’s Degree Required3. Copy of Texas teaching certificate4. Copy of Teacher Service record from school district personnel office indicating at leasttwo years of classroom teaching experience; and5. 50.00 non-refundable application fee or copy of online receipt if paid online The 50.00 application processing fee can be paid online at thesame website. Just select ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENT on the left sidebar.MAIL all required documents in one package to TAMU-Commerce, Attn: Educator CertificationOffice, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX, 75429. This application is in addition to the originalapplication submitted to the graduate school.Questions regarding the Principal Certification application process should be directed [email protected] PLANS AND COURSE LISTINGSWhether a student pursues the 30-hour online Master’s Degree in EducationalAdministration with Principal Certification or the 21-hour online Principal Certification OnlyPlan, EDAD 615 must be taken during the first semester of course work. The recommendedsequence of EDAD courses is shown in Tables 1 and 2.Table 1: Sequence of CoursesMaster’s Degree in Educational Administration with Principal Certification Courses EdAd 615—Leading Effective Schools (first course to enroll within program)EdAd 595—Using Research for Best Practice (second course to enroll within program)EdAd 626—Using the Law in Educational PracticeEdAd 656—Building Capacity for Effective LearningEdAd 619—Designing Curriculum for Effective InstructionEdAd 574—Developing Quality Instructional Programs (ILD Certification)EdAd 508—Facilitating Learning for Diverse StudentsEdAd 607—Using Evaluation and Data to Improve LearningEdAd 554—Leading the Learning Community **EdAd 614—Leading the Learning Community Internship **** taken together in the final semesterRevised November 2014

8Table 2: Sequence of Principal Certification CoursesPrincipal Certification Only Courses EdAd 615—Leading Effective Schools (first course to enroll within program)EdAd 619—Designing CurriculumEdAd 626—Using the Law in Educational PracticeEdAd 656—Building Capacity for Effective LearningEdAd 554—Leading the Learning Community**EdAd 614—Leading the Learning Community Internship**EdAd 607—Using Evaluation and Data to Improve Learning** taken together in the final semesterThe courses EDAD 554 and EDAD 614 shall be completed at the conclusion of theprogram. EDAD 607 may be taken in the second 7-week sub term along with 554 and 614 toexpedite completion of program if you begin in Summer or Fall semesters. This will enablestudents to finish their Principal Certification program in TWO semesters. EDAD 554 should becompleted in the first 7-week sub term prior to the projected graduation date due to thecomprehensive activity component that is incorporated within this particular course. TheEDAD 614 Principal Internship lasts for the entire semester.The Principal Certification Only plan is for students who have already earned a Master’sDegree from an accredited institution or are currently completing another master’s program atTAMU-Commerce. The Master’s degree need not be in Educational Administration. Studentsmay also consider earning a second Master’s degree along with their principal certification. Ifso, please review the requirements for Master’s degrees and certification within the previoussection.Table 3: Sample Departmental CalendarDepartmental CalendarFall Sub term 1First 7 weeks of SemesterFall Sub term 2Last 7 weeks of semesterSpring Sub term 1First 7 weeks of SemesterSpring Sub term 2Last 7 weeks of semesterSummer 1 termRegular University schedule-5 weeksSummer 2 termRegular University schedule-5 weeksRevised November 2014

9Students seeking a Master’s degree occasionally request consideration of prior graduatecoursework for the requirements of their Master’s degree. Students wishing to request transferof credit should complete the Transfer/Substitution Request Form and submit to Dr. Jane Clark([email protected]) and specify the courses they are interested in transferring orsubstituting. Official transcripts, showing the courses requested to be transferred, must besupplied for evaluation. Each course will be considered in light of course content andconformity to existing course requirement on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 9 semestercredit hours will be allowed to be transferred to the Master’s degree. All transfers of credit mustbe ultimately approved by the Graduate School. Please be assured that the courses in ourprogram are focused on the roles and responsibilities of principals and are necessary to prepareour students to become a principal as well as to pass the Principal (068) TExES exam. Notransfer/substitutions can be made for EDAD 554 or EDAD 614. Potential transfer work cannotbe over 6 years old at program completion without approval of the graduate school.Six-Year Timeline for Course CompletionA student has six years to complete all course work to earn a Principal Certification andhave the approval to take the Principal (068) TExES exam. Please note that no course may beolder than six years at the time a student attempts the Principal (068) TExES exam. Students notcompleting the program within this time period will not be approved to take the Principal (068)TExES exam and may be required to complete additional coursework or satisfy otherrequirements to receive such approval.The Graduate Catalog states: All work for the master’s/specialist degree must becompleted during the 6 years immediately preceding the date on which the degree is to beawarded. Credit earned over 6 years prior to graduation requires specific writtendepartmental justification and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies to be counted towarda master’s/specialist degree. The discipline in which the course(s) was taken shall be involvedin the validation of an old course.STUDENT PROGRAM ORIENTATION AND ADVISINGAn orientation program is embedded within the course content of EDAD 615 in whichstudents enroll during the first semester of their program. This brief orientation includes:1. Information pertaining to the history of the university,2. Educational Administration Program Personnel,3. Requirements for completion of the Master’s degree and Principal Certification Onlytracks,4. The value, benefits, and expectations of the program; scholarly writing, and5. Library access.Dr. Jane Clark’s office is the guidance and advising location for the Master’s program. She maybe contacted at [email protected] or [email protected] Specific advisingquestions beyond the scope of this Handbook should be directed to her.Revised November 2014

10THE PRINCIPAL INTERNSHIPThe Principal Internship, required by state law, is an integral part of the educationalexperience of the Principal Preparation Program. Students must complete at least one full 16week semester enrolled in EDAD 614 incurring 160 clock hours of internship experiences. Theinternship is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice by building on the student’sacademic foundation with in-school experiential learning. The internship is aligned with thestate standards, domains, and competencies.Students planning to take the internship should complete an application found in thePrincipal Internship Handbook by July 1st (for the Fall semester) or by November 1st (for theSpring semester). Application packets should be sent to [email protected] inPDF format by the due date for the semester in which the student intends to begin the internship.The internship experiences are designed to be accrued during the semester of theinternship. However, students may begin collecting no more than 20 hours prior to the start ofthe semester with approval of the TAMUC Principal Internship Coordinator. The Principal orCampus Supervisor should be directing the campus activities developed in the proposal and beinteracting meaningfully with the intern concerning these experiences. Keep in mind, however,that the majority of internship hours should be accrued during the semester of the internship totake advantage of the beginning of school or end of school and the duties and responsibilitiesassociated with each event.Examples of the Master’s Degree and Principal Certification Plan and the Principal OnlyCertification Plan are on the next two pages.Revised November 2014

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13PRINCIPAL (068) TExES EXAMStudents wishing to be approved for taking the PRINCIPAL (068) TExES EXAMmust meet eligibility requirements specified in the TExES registration bulletin. In addition,principal certification students (whether earning certification with a Master’s degree or ascertification only) seeking to be eligible to take the certification exam must:1. Have an approved certification plan on file with appropriate signatures,2. Be admitted to the certification program, prinicpalCertification.aspx3. Have successfully completed the Practice Test (068) with an 80% or higher OR haveattended a TExES 068 Review Seminar provided by a TAMUS educationaladministration program or have completed the program.4. Have successfully completed more than one-half of the student’s certification plan.The Practice Test (068) will be given at least once each Spring, Summer, and Fall semester atthe TAMUC Metroplex Center in Mesquite, TX. Students may check the department website fordates and times. Students may take the exam as many times as they wish at the Commercecampus, but pre-registration is required by calling the Student Assessment office (Phone: 903886-5122) any time at a cost of 20.00. To pay, you should select the “TExES RepresentativeForm” at: ustores/web/store main.jsp?STOREID 29State Board for Educator Certification WebsitePlease refer to the State Board for Educator Certification’s website 2147484909 - to access general information thatpertains to competencies for certificates, TExES tests, and current issues.The TExES Principal (068) Study Manual provides assistance and is available 8 principal.pdfThis document is free. It should be downloaded and studied. It contains all thedomains and competencies which are the theoretical framework upon which the Principal (068)TExES exam is built. It also includes multiple practice questions with answers. Students shouldbring this document to every preparation seminar they attend.Revised November 2014

14APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR CLEARANCE TO TAKEPRINCIPAL (068) TExES EXAMContact Deborah Alford ([email protected]) or 903-468-3082 in the TAMUCEducator Certification Office.Probationary CertificationA temporary Principal certification is no longer available. However, the state has createda Probationary Certification, which is good for one year for those who have secured a positionfor which principal certification is required by the state.Principal Probationary Certifications are available to students in good standing, who havea degree or certification plan on file, and who have completed at least 12 semester hours. Inaddition, students must provide proof that they have been offered employment as an assistantprincipal or principal by a school district. Students requesting probationary certification mustprovide a letter of employment from the superintendent (or designee) verifying the employmentposition and the offer of the position.IMPORTANT!!! In accordance with TEA guidelines every certification candidate ona probationary certificate must be supervised for the duration of their probationary status.The certification candidate must register for EDAD 597 (Supervision of ProbationaryPrincipals) and be visited by a University Supervisor each semester they are on a probationarycertificate.Probationary certificates are valid for only one year but are twice renewable whencompleting the annual progress required; that is, the student must be actively enrolled, and beworking to complete the certification requirements in a timely manner in anticipation of takingthe Principal (068) TExES exam as soon as possible. Click here for Probationary Certificationapplication.Renewal of Standard Principal CertificateIndividuals who are issued the Standard Principal Certificate on or after September 1,1999, are subject to Certificate Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Requirements,which are elaborated in Title 19, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 232. All individualsholding a valid Texas professional administrator certificate prior to September 1, 1999, and whoare employed as principals or assistant principals must complete the assessment described inTitle 19, Texas Administrative Code, § 241.35.Provisional Principal Certificate: Initially successful certificate candidates completing allrequirements are issued a Provisional Principals certificate by the TEA/SBEC. The StandardPrincipal certificate is issued after completing an induction period of one year in an assistantprincipal or principal position. Individuals seeking to enter this induction period more than 5years after the issuance of the provisional certificate must be approved by the educatorpreparation program, which recommended the provisional certificate.Revised November 2014

15Educational Administration Crosswalk of Domains, Competencies andPrincipal Standards (§241.15)Domains I, II, III, & Competencies001-009Competency 001: The principal knowshow to shape campus culture byfacilitating the development, articulation,implementation, and stewardship of avision of learning that is shared andsupported by the school community.Competencies 001-009Principal Standards (I, II, III,IV, V, VI, & VII)CourseNumberCourseTitleStandard II: Learner-CenterLeadership and CampusCulture: A principal is aneducational leader whopromotes the success of allstudents and shapes campusculture by facilitating thedevelopment, articulation,implementation, andstewardship of a vision oflearning that is shared andsupported by the schoolcommunity.EDAD 615Leading Effective Schools(first course to enrollwithin program)Principal Standards (I, II, III,IV, V, VI, & VII)Competency 002: The principal knowshow to communicate and collaborate withall members of the school community,respond to diverse interests and needs, andmobilize resources to promote schoolsuccess.Standard IV: LearnerCentered Communicationsand Community Relations: Aprincipal is an educationalleader who promotes thesuccess of all students bycollaborating with families andcommunity members,responding to diversecommunity interests and needs,and mobilizing communityresources.EDAD 626Using the Law inEducational PracticeEDAD 508Facilitating Learning forDiverse StudentsCompetency 003: The principal knowshow to act with integrity, fairness, and inan ethical and legal manner.Standards I: Learner-CenterValues and Ethics ofLeadership: A principal is aneducational leader whopromotes the success of allstudents by acting withintegrity and fairness and in anethical manner.EDAD 626Using the Law inEducational PracticeEDAD 508Facilitating Learning forDiverse StudentsEDAD 607Using Evaluation andData to Improve LearningRevised November 2014

16Competency 004: The principal knowshow to facilitate the design andimplementation of curricula and strategicplans that enhance teaching and learning;ensure alignment of curriculum,instruction, resources and assessments tomeasure student performance.Standard VI: LearnerCentered Curriculum:Planning and DevelopmentA Principal is an educationalleader who promotes thesuccess of all students byfacilitating the design andimplementation of curricula andstrategic plans that enhanceteaching and learning;alignment of curriculum,curriculum resources, andassessment; and the use ofvarious forms of assessment tomeasure student performance.Competency 005: The principal knowshow to advocate, nurture, and sustain aninstructional program and a campus culturethat are conducive to student learning andstaff professional growth.Standard VII: LearnerCentered InstructionalLeadership andManagement:A principal is an educationalleader who promotes thesuccess of all students byadvocating, nurturing, andsustaining a campus culture andinstructional programconducive to student learningand staff professional growth.Competency 006: The principal knowshow to implement a staff evaluation anddevelopment system to improve theperformance of all staff members, selectand implement appropriate models forsupervision and staff development, andapply the legal requirements for personnelmanagement.Competency 007: The principal knowshow to apply organizational, decisionmaking, and problem solving skills toensure an effective learning environment.Revised November 2014Standard III: LearnerCentered Human ResourcesLeadership andManagement: A principal is aneducational leader whopromotes the success of allstudents by implementing astaff evaluation anddevelopment system to improvethe performance of all staffmembers, selects andimplements appropriate modelsfor supervision and staffdevelopment, and applies thelegal requirements forpersonnel management.Standard V: LearnerCentered OrganizationalLeadership andManagement: A principal is aneducational leader whopromotes the success of allstudents through leadership andmanagement of theorganization, operations, andresources for a safe, efficient,and effective learningenvironment.EDAD 619Designing Curriculum forEffective InstructionEDAD 607Using Evaluation Data toImprove LearningEDAD 595Using Research for BestPractice(second course to enrollwithin program)\EDAD 619Designing curriculum forEffective InstructionEDAD 574Developing the QualityInstructional ProgramsEDAD 607Using Evaluation andData to Improve LearningEDAD 656Building Capacity foreffective LearningEDAD 607Using Evaluation andData to Improve Learning

17Competency 008: The principal knowshow to apply of effective leadership andmanagement in relation to campusbudgeting, personnel, resource utilization,financial management, and technology use.Standard V: LearnerCentered OrganizationalLeadership andManagement: A principal is aneducational leader whopromotes the success of allstudents through leadership andmanagement of theorganization, operations, andresources for a safe, efficient,and effective learningenvironment.EDAD 656Competency 009: The principal knowshow to apply principles of leadership andmanagement to the campus physical plantand support systems to ensure a safe andeffective learning environment.Standard V: LearnerCentered OrganizationalLeadership andManagement: A principal is aneducational leader whopromotes the success of allstudents through leadership andmanagement of theorganization, operations, andresources for a safe, efficient,and effective learningenvironment.Principal Standards (I, II, III,IV, V, VI, & VII)EDAD 656EDAD 554Leading the LearningCommunity(Capstone Course)Principal Standards (I, II, III,IV, V, VI, & VII)EDAD 614Leading the LearningCommunity(Internship)Competencies 001-009Competencies 001-009Revised November 2014Building Capacity forEffective LearningBuilding Capacity forEffective Learning

18For Your Easy ReferenceFrequently Asked QuestionsMaster’s Degree and Principal Certification1. Why should I get my masters and/or principal certification at TAMUC?You should get your masters and/or principal certification at TAMUC because we are one ofthe leading Educational Leadership programs in the state. With a stellar student-focusedfaculty, our goal is to help you succeed. Our unique online programs in a cohort formatmake it easy for you to know what to take, when to take it, and for you to be able to completeyour 30 hour master’s degree in as quickly as one year. If you already have a master’sdegree and are only seeking principal certification, you can finish our 21 hour program evensooner!2. What are the basic state requirements to become a principal or superintendent inTexas?The basic state requirements to become a principal or superintendent in Texas are located at 5740 .3. How do I apply for admission to a graduate program at TAMUC?Being admitted to a graduate program at TAMUC is a two-step process. First, you must beadmitted to the Graduate School, secondly to the Department of Educational Leadership.Application to Graduate School:At TAMUC you may apply to the Graduate School online athttp:/

University of Texas at El Paso University of Washington [email protected] [email protected] Deborah Goodwin, EdD Chuck Holt, EdD Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Arkansas State University Doctoral Coordinator [email protected]