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For more information, please contact Dr. Nathan R. Templeton Director, Meadows Principal Leadership Program Department of Educational Leadership Nate.templeton@tamuc.edu

School Board Spring Workshop

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Texas A&M University―Commerce

Sam Rayburn Student Center Commerce, Texas

Conference parking will be available in Lot E directly east of the Sam Rayburn Student Center. To avoid ticketing by University Police, please park in Lot E or, in the event it is full, park in the lot just east of Lot E directly across from the Alumni Center

                       Program Agenda

9:30 a.m.                                   Registration Opens

10 a.m.– noon                          General Session

                              Things Change: Understanding Today’s Students


Noon–12:45 p.m.                     Lunch

1–3:45 p.m.                               In-Depth Session Boardsmanship Basics

(For new board members and includes New Board Member Orientation)


Experienced board members may choose either the In-Depth Session or the two individual sessions

1–3:45 p.m.                       In-Depth Session                                                                                                Exceptional Governance: The Board’s Role in Student Outcomes                                                                                                      


1-2:15 p.m.                                 Session 1                                                                                                                                 • 85th Legislative Report

2:30–3:45 p.m.                           Session 2                                                                                                                                 • Marketing Public Schools

Registration Information

Eligible CEC:                                 Up to 4.5 hours

Fee:                                               $50 per person (includes lunch)

Deadline:                                      Friday, May 12, 2017                                                                                           (We are unable to offer refunds.)

Registration and payment must be made by the deadline using the following link:


                         All registrations must go through the link provided above.

                We will not accept purchase orders, checks, or billing for registration.

For more information about registration, please email vickie.mcmurray@tamuc.edu or 903.886.5520.

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2017 Alumni Ambassador


Dr. David Wayne Fitts

Dr. David Wayne Fitts grew up in Lone Star, Texas where he graduated from the Daingerfield - Lone Star ISD in 1987. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station in 1991 and his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1997. In 2004, he earned his doctorate degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. In 2015, he was honored with the Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Service Award by A&M-Commerce.    

In July 2014, Fitts was approved as the executive director of the Region 8 Education Service Center by its Board of Directors with approval from Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams. Region 8 serves an eleven-county area composed of 48 public school districts, representing more than 60,000 students, 9,000 educators, and 162 campuses. Before coming to the service center, Fitts served as the superintendent of Lake Worth ISD, Pewitt CISD, high school principal at Ore City ISD, and teacher at Winona ISD.  

Fitts’ wife, Stacy Parrish Fitts, is the lead speech language pathologist for Titus County Shared Services serving Mount Pleasant, Harts Bluff, and Winfield ISDs. Their sons, Jackson and Duke, are in the 11th and 9th grades.

Top 10 Ed.D in Educational Leadership Online   2016-2017


September 2016

Welcome to our ranking of the best online doctoral programs in educational leadership.

Of all the doctoral programs in education available online, education leadership and administration is one of the most popular choices. Earning a doctoral degree in this field opens the door to careers in academia as well as top management positions on college campuses, in K-12 schools, or even with organizations like the Department of Education.

Our initial list of all eligible online doctoral programs in educational leadership came from College Navigator, a searchable database that allowed us to specify a set list of criteria. We accepted as candidates only those schools with online Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs in educational leadership or administration; that are classified as public or private non-profit institutions; and are offered through full four-year colleges. We also limited our search to schools with a maximum acceptance rate of 70% in order to zone in on the more selective programs. To score the remaining programs, we devised a system in which each college or university could obtain points for their performance in specific areas, including:

Size of the program. We used College Navigator to look at the number of doctoral degrees in educational leadership that were awarded for the 2014-15 school year. We correlated higher numbers in this category with program popularity and student retention. It is difficult to know how many students in a particular degree program graduated compared to how many enrolled in any given year, but it is safe to say that colleges that confer high numbers of degrees in a specific field have either taken steps to make that program very appealing to students; worked hard to make sure the students that do enroll, stay enrolled; or both.

ELCC National Recognition. The primary accrediting body for educator training programs at the collegiate level is the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Within this agency, there are several “Specialized Professional Associations” (SPAs) that are linked to specific subfields of education. For example, the ELCC concentrates solely on education leadership. Like most SPAs, the ELCC regularly evaluates graduate programs within this discipline and produces a list of “nationally recognized” schools that maintain a quality and consistency of teaching that deserve a status beyond simply being NCATE-accredited. This category was our main source of information in calculating our top Ed.D educational leadership online ranking. We gave schools points for having recognized doctoral programs as well as master’s programs. In the latter case, we operated upon the belief that if a university earns this prestigious recognition for a lower-level graduate degree, we can take this as an indication of its commitment to providing a top-tier education at all other levels of study as well.

Tuition. As with most of our top rankings, we consider cost to be an important factor – particularly for online degrees that attract working/adult/nontraditional students. For consistency, we acquired all tuition-related information from College Navigator, averaging in-state and out-of-state expenses in the case of public schools.

We awarded points to each school based on their performances in each category and then summed these to produce a final score, which we scaled according to a 100-point maximum score. We have included these scores below along with descriptions of each school and their approximate annual tuition rates.



Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, TX

Online Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Texas A & M University at Commerce offers not only the most affordable online Ed.D. program in higher education in the state, but also arguably the best. As a result, this program is predictably selective—TAMUC only admits two online doctoral cohorts to its online education program every year. But TAMUC’s program is also somewhat self-selecting, distinguishing itself from others on this list due to its explicit focus on educational administration. So while it may be more attractive to those with their hearts set on becoming a principal or superintendent, pure academics need not apply.
Tuition & Fees: $9,010/yr
Score: 90

For more details on number of ranking colleges Please CLICK HERE.



Top Ranked Educational Leadership Degree Program

Top Ranked Educational Leadership Degree Program

Texas A & M University-Commerce has been ranked the #11 Educational Administration degree program in the U.S. of 563 qualifying colleges. You can view the Top 20 here http://www.teacher.org/degree/educational-administration/#college-rankings


Practice Test Dates -- 068 Principal Exam (MESQUITE) 

The following dates are reserved for the TExES representative form 068 at the Metroplex Facility. Students will need to make payment online at marketplace.tamuc.edu to receive an order number and then to call us at 903-886-5122 to be placed on the roster. This ensures that we have enough materials and a large enough classroom for the group. Students need to be on the roster by noon on the Friday preceding the exam date.

All are Monday at 5:00 PM

September 12

October 10

November 14

December 5

January 23

Febuary 13

March 6

April 10

May 1 


Please click here for a printable PDF PRINCIPAL PRACTICE REVIEW


Spring 2017

Final Principal Certification (068) Test Reviews.

Collin Higher Education Center, 3452 Spur 399, McKinney, TX 75069

The Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) is located near the northeast corner of State Highway 121 and Hwy 75-Central Expressway in McKinney. 

May 20, 2017

9:00 am -1:30 pm

To register for session please send a confirmation email to:  Vickie.McMurray@tamuc.edu

*** Please specify which session you will be attending***

Please download and print the FREE SBEC Principal TExES Preparation Manual from


You will need this for the test review session.  Please bring the book

“Passing the Principal TExES Exam: Keys to Certification and School

Leadership” with you to the session.

All TAMUC current Educational Leadership students and

program alumni are welcome to register and attend.

Please bring your own Snacks/Drinks !!