Principal Certification Program

The principal Certification program is embedded in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master program at North American University.

Focus of the program is to prepare leaders in public school leadership and administration, based on the State Board for Educator Certification/TExES framework for Principal Certification in Texas.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application Form for Principal Certification Program
  2. Official Bachelor degree transcript
  3. An interview to determine the educator preparation candidate’s appropriateness for the certification sought (§227.10 (a)(6)
  4. Hold a valid Texas Standard Teaching Certificate
  5. Have Teacher Service record from school district personnel office indicating at least two years of classroom teaching experience, in a TEA approved school.
  6. $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  7. Master degree and principal certification plan
  8. Language requirements
    • completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States;
    • if an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned at an institution of higher education outside of the United States, evidence must be provided under procedures approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff that the primary language of instruction was English; or
    • verification of satisfactory scores on an English language proficiency examination(s) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification.

Application Instructions

The required items below must be mailed to the Certification office at North American University.

Send all required documents to:

North American University
Certification Office/Halil Tas
11929 W Airport Blvd.
Stafford, TX 77477

Timeline Criteria or Requirements
Entry to the program 3.0 GPA
During your graduate study
Take Certification Test Preparation Seminar
Pass your practice principal certification exam
At the end of your coursework Successfully pass TExES principal exam
Practicum Related
At the end of your coursework Successful completion of practicum activities Minimum of 160 hours total
Successful completion and presentation of Leadership Practicum Portfolio
Copy of Mentor Information and Commitment Form on file
Completion of three (3) practicum observations by university mentor
Before applying for your principal certification
Submit official transcripts showing advanced degree conferred
Verification of valid Texas classroom teaching certificate
Verification of two creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher, as defined in Chapter 153, Subchapter CC, of T.A.C. Title 19, Part 7 (relating to Commissioner’s Rules on Creditable Years of Service) and the Texas Education Code §5.001(2)
Before applying for your principal certification
Successful completion of the Principal Certification Program requirements above