Texas Educational Leadership

Total cost:

$5,100 View Tuition Details

Application due date for October 3, 2022 term: September 30

Estimated time to completion: 9 Months

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This program is for educators in Texas who wish to become an assistant principal or principal and need the Instructional Leader (EC-12) certification. This 18-credit course of study will prepare candidates for the Principal as Instructional Leader licensure exam and ensure they are ready for school leadership. To be considered, candidates must hold a master’s degree, valid teaching certificate, and have at least two years of teaching experience.


in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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What you can expect.

  • Flexible Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Prepare to Lead Develop the strategies required to lead for learning, including creating a school-wide vision and using data to inform decision-making. This program is aligned with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) for effective leadership and is designed to create culturally aware and competent administrators.
  • Relevant Coursework Learn what you need to know to be a leader. Discover ways to use assessment data, develop teachers and understand the legal and ethical dimensions to maintaining a school community. Explore organizational change, resource management and applicable fiscal guidelines at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Accreditation For information about American College of Education's program accreditation, please visit the accreditation page.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • ELX5023 Assessment Strategies (TX) 3 semester credits
  • ELX5753 Law and Policy (TX) 3 semester credits
  • ELX5983 Practicum Experience for Educational Leadership (TX) 3 semester credits
Amanda Jandris, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Amanda Jandris, Ph.D.
Chair, Doctoral Research,
Department of Leadership and Administration
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Quality Without Question

We are, and have always been, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees that our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.   

A Note About Licensure:

Students who complete certificates that are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification.

It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state. State licensing requirements and licensing agency information may be found here.

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Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership

Total Tuition

18 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$720 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

Admission Requirements

Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership

State Specific Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree earned in a related field
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Provisional admission is not permitted
  • Applicants for the Texas Educational Leadership (Certification-Only) program must provide documentation of a valid teaching certificate and a school service personnel record indicating at least 2 year’s teaching experience in an accredited p-12 setting. 
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume. 
  • Submit a goal statement, demonstrating a clear expression of purpose and anticipated personal and professional goals. 
  • Complete an Interview and gain approval for acceptance into the program. 
  • ​Havetheir school district submit a sealed and signed Teacher Service Record. 
  • To comply with the Texas Education Agency requirements, applicants who have been admitted, must confirm, in writing, acceptance of the admission offer. ​

    Notes for Texas Educational Leadership Students
  • Information about ACE's Educational Leadership program performance over the past five years is available on the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Educator Preparation Compliance Reports website. 
  • Information about the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce can be found on the EPP website and from Texas Workforce Commission
  • Information about ACE's Educational Leadership program accreditation status is available on the EPP website and on the TEA Educator Preparation Data Dashboard.
  • A criminal background check is required prior to employment as an educator (Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083) and candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching or practicum (Per TEC, §22.0835).
  • Individuals who have been convicted of an offence as listed in Section 249.16. Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, and Texas Education Code, Chapter 21 may be ineligible for issuance of a certification on completion of an educator preparation program. An individual has the right to request a copy of the criminal history evaluation letter as provided in Chapter 227, Subchapter B (relating to Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility).
  • Texas Educational Leadership Students who wish to seek principal licensure in Texas will need to achieve an 80% or better on a practice examination within six months of testing approval request as outlined in the Texas Approval to Test Policy.

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 18 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Leadership Courses (18 semester credits)

This course centers on the intersection of curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies in improving learner outcomes through data-informed decision making. Specific emphasis is placed on collecting and analyzing different types of data, aligning instructional and assessment practices, leveraging high impact instructional strategies, leading professional learning, and auditing curriculum to ensure relevance to diverse learners.  
This course provides students with resource management strategies to identify the organizational needs of a school, leverage the unique strengths and talents of competent teachers, and build the instructional and leadership capacity of teams. Students also learn how to develop and implement assessment and evaluation strategies to document teacher performance and to guide decisions relevant to professional development and employment termination options.
This course prepares students to promote and influence change in their schools with a goal of improving instruction and school and student outcomes. Students explore research on school improvement strategies, structures, and processes, analyze leadership decisions and behaviors, and examine the implications of research, technology, and commonly used practices for managing organizational change. Students also use existing research and literature to uncover underlying assumptions about school reform efforts, to improve the accuracy of problem identification, issues of human and social capital, the need for professional learning, and the challenges of overcoming bureaucratic and cultural norms.
This course identifies local, state, and federal sources for school funding and provides students with familiarity with state funding formulas and local budget guidelines. An emphasis is also placed on ensuring that aspiring leaders develop competencies essential to the allocation of resources toward teaching, learning, and school improvement priorities rather than simply monitoring facilities and accounts. Students will also have the opportunity to explore non-traditional funding sources such as grants, foundations, and community partnerships.
This course focuses on legal and ethical dimensions of school leadership with an emphasis on resolving conflicts in the school community. Students analyze legal cases and ethical dilemmas that relate to the role and responsibilities of the leader tasked with creating and maintaining an educational environment that protects and nurtures equity, fairness, tolerance, and respect, particularly balancing the needs of special populations, families, and underserved students.
This is a workspace for students enrolled in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Texas) program or Texas Educational Leadership Certificate program to work collaboratively with the ACE faculty member who serves as their field supervisor. The workspace will be available to students from the time their Internship Placement Form is on record until their graduation or withdrawal from ACE.
This course provides candidates the opportunity to synthesize their completed practicum experiences to demonstrate mastery of the responsibilities required of building-level leaders to promote the success and well-being of each student and adult in their school. Candidates will reflect on their growth and development as leaders and on how practicum experiences enriched their professional skills and knowledge. Candidates will document their mastery of professional standards by demonstrating how they applied academic learning to practice in the practicum to meet requirements for principal licensure in Texas.