The Master of Education program equips you with the leadership, financial and administrative skills needed to excel as a principal. Work with renowned faculty as you explore the risks and rewards of educational administration. Our program is designed with you in mind. This program is offered either completely online or face-to-face. Our kids need remarkable teachers, and our teachers need accomplished leaders. Let your passion for leading begin here.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 1-1.5 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours 30 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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Become a Principal

Earn your principal certification while completing your master’s degree in educational administration. If you already have a master’s degree, you can earn your principal certification by completing our 21-hour program. Learn more about our certification-only option below.

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN Educational Administration

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What you will learn

A master’s degree in educational administration offers the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills in human resources, budgeting and organizational leadership
  • Analyze and interpret data for improvement on instructional delivery
  • Receive opportunities to practice and apply knowledge in practicum
  • Handle complex situations that educators face with grace, guidance and humility
  • Complete the principal certification


There is a growing need for educational administrators in Texas. Job outlook continues to rise, opening doors to new positions. Gain the experience you need to stand out through our competitive, nationally-recognized program.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Elementary, Middle and High School Principals

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019

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Course Delivery

Earn your master’s degree in educational administration. Our flexible program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Offered fully online, you’ll work with experts in the field who are committed to helping you reach your professional goals. We also offer this program face-to-face at our Dallas site, located at 8750 North Central Expressway.

Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs


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Educational Administration:: Admissions


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

  • This program is intended for Texas educators. It is not recommended for out-of-state applicants.
  • Face-to-face courses for this program are only offered at our Dallas site.
  • Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher OR 3.0 in last 60 hours of bachelor’s degree or a conferred master’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application at

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Educational Administration, MED” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on last 60 hours or 3.0 overall from a master’s degree.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Teacher Certificate

Submit proof of current valid Texas teacher certification.

Service Record

Submit a teaching service record including a minimum of 1-year teaching experience.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply to the Certification Office

Once your application to the Graduate School is complete, you can submit your Principal Certification Program Application right away using TK20. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Pay the certification and assessment fees

Gather Required Documents

You will need to have the following documents ready for upload in order to submit the application:

  • Certification fee receipt
  • TEA Assessment fee receipt
  • Teaching service record
    • A minimum of one year of experience is required for admission to the master’s degree-seeking path for principal certification.
  • Standard Texas Teaching Certificate
    • Note: Candidates on emergency permits, intern or probationary certificates will not be admitted.
  • Official transcripts from the Graduate Office will be reviewed by the certification office.
    • Official transcripts from all institutions must be submitted to the Graduate School in order to satisfy TEA certification admission requirements.
  • Two written screening activities will be completed as part of the application in TK20. Please write your essay and answer the short-answer questions carefully, as these screening activities will be used in determining admission to the program.
If applicable:
  • TEA Transfers
    • If you have previously been admitted to another educator preparation program for principal certification.
    • Request that a completed TEA transfer form be sent from your previous program to [email protected].
  • Transcripts from outside the United States
    • Contact [email protected] for any questions about TEA requirements for transcripts from outside the United States.
    • If your official transcripts are from institutions outside the United States and the country of origin is not exempt by TEA, send the following documentation to [email protected]:
      • A course-by-course evaluation from a TEA-approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service
      • Minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Please note that TOEFL scores are only valid for a period of two years. Required minimum scores are 24 for Speaking, 22 for Listening, 22 for Reading and 21 for Writing.
        • As of 3/4/2022, a valid standard Texas educator certificate will be accepted in lieu of TOEFL iBT scores.

Create a TK20 Account

  • Go to
  • Scroll down and click “Admissions”
  • Select “Click here to create your account.”
  • Complete the “Create Applicant Account” form.
  • Note: You will be creating a password for this account.
  • Store the password you create in a secure location so you can refer to it later.
  • After completing the “Create Applicant Account” form, TK20 will provide your username.
  • Store your TK20 username and password in a secure location so you can refer to them later.
    • You will use the username to log in to review your admission application once submitted.

Fill out the Principal Admission Application

  • Log into your TK20 account
    • Click on the “back to login” link.
    • Enter your username and password.
    • Click the green “Log Into Your Account” button.
  • Click on the “Create New Application” button.
  • Select “Principal” application
  • Click the “Next” button.
  • Complete the application.

Upload Documents

  • Upload documents by clicking on the “+ Select File(s)” button for the item you are uploading.
  • Once you have completed all fields in the application, click the “Submit” button.
  • Look for an email from TK20 confirming your submission.

Check Your Application Status

To check your application status:

  1. Log in to your TK20 Student Admissions account
  2. On the “Home” tab, locate your application under “Recent Messages”
  3. Click on the application.
  4. If you are admitted, the message will indicate your application was “Admitted”
  5. If you lack admission requirements, the message will indicate “Denied.”
    • Click on “Review Document” to view your deficiencies and reason(s) for denial.

Sign the Letter of Invitation

Once accepted, please sign and return the “letter of invitation” to [email protected]

Step 4. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 5. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Educational Administration:: International Admissions

If you are an H1B or H4 applicant, please contact the Graduate School for details at [email protected].

Note: This program is not available to international students.

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