Schools need dedicated principals. Are you ready to fill this role? Earn your Principal Certification online at A&M-Commerce. Our year-long program equips you with the leadership, legal and administrative skills to excel. To qualify for this program, you must currently hold a master’s degree. We also offer a 30-hour Master of Educational Administration with Principal Certification option for those seeking a graduate degree.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 1 Year
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours 21 Hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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Admissions Requirements

You must currently hold a master’s degree to qualify for this certification.

International students are not eligible for this program.


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Graduate School Application and Documents

Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

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

  • Select “Principal Certificate” 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.

Submit Documents

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

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.

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

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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 teacher certification

Service Record

Submit a teaching service record including a minimum of one year of 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 2. Submit Application and Documents to Certification Office

Prior to being fully admitted to the Principal Certification portion, you will need to apply to the Certificate Office. This is a separate application with separate fees.

Submit Application Packet

To apply for the Certification Office, you must:

  • Submit the Professional Certification Program application and print the entire application
  • Print and sign the FERPA/Code of Conduct requirements
  • Submit $50 application fee via Marketplace (separate from the Graduate School application fee)
  • Submit $35 TEA Assessment Fee via Marketplace
  • Submit a copy of a valid Texas Teaching Certificate
  • Submit a copy of your Service Record

Please mail or email your packet to Leesa Cannon.

Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Acceptance and Admission

Once the screening process is complete, and you have met the admission requirements, You’ll be emailed an admission letter that you must sign, scan and email back to [email protected].

Once our office has received your signed admission letter

  • You’ll receive an official acceptance to our certification-only program with registration information.

Step 3. 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 4. 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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