Why should I enroll in the principal certification program at UHCL?
Students choosing to enroll in our program receive many benefits with some perks, including salary increase (depending on your district), promotion, reputation, and networking. These perks are in addition to the knowledge base our program will provide in your current capacity.
Are there scholarship opportunities to help pay for this program?
Yes. Go to financial Aid for information on scholarships.
What is the length of the program?
The average length of the program is about two years; however, many students have completed the program in approximately a year and a half.
What is the availability of courses (e.g., multiple sites in Houston) each semester?
Every course is provided at the UHCL campus every semester (fall, spring, summer) with the exception of practicum, which is offered in the fall and spring semesters only. Off-site campus courses are offered in rotation to accommodate a majority of students (usually a cohort).
Is there flexibility in how the courses are taught (web-enhanced courses)?
Currently, our courses are offered either fully face-to-face, or in a hybrid format, where classes meet face-to-face at least eight times each semester, and online or in field experiences for the remaining classes.
What kinds of activities should I expect in each course in the program?
Relevant field experiences based on national standards are included in each course.
How do I identify and contact my faculty advisor, and how can s/he help me?
You can find out who your advisor is by checking your e-services account, which will highlight your selected faculty advisor and his/her contact information. Your ADSU advisor can help you with program questions only (which courses to take, order in which to take courses, paperwork, etc.). ADSU faculty cannot assist with issues delineated to other departments, such as financial aid or the registrar’s office.
Which courses should I take first?
You can take any course within our program at any time, with the exception of ADSU 6533 (Appraisal of Teaching), which has the prerequisite of ADSU 6030 (Instructional Leadership Development). We recommend that you take as many ADSU courses as possible to prepare you for the TExES exam, which must be passed before you are allowed to participate in the practicum course. ADSU 6030 is always a good course with which to start the program.
Do any courses have prerequisites?
Only ADSU 6533 (Appraisal of Teaching) includes a prerequisite of ADSU 6030 (Instructional Leadership Development).
My school does not let faculty/students leave the campus until 4 p.m. Can I be late for class?
Our courses are scheduled to meet at specific times. Please contact the professor for the specific course in question prior to enrollment regarding any special circumstances.
Graduate Practicum Questions
When can I take the practicum?
Students are eligible to register for ADSU 6739 (Practicum) after they have successfully completed at least 24 hours of the master’s degree program and received a passing scores on the Principal TExES state assessment.
Where can I find the practicum application?
Go to:practicum application
When is the application due?
Applications must be submitted by June 8 for fall practicum and October 1 for spring practicum.
When will I find out if I am eligible to enroll in the practicum?
The College of Education audits applications, and assignments are set by the internship coordinator. A letter will be mailed to you to notify you of your status for enrollment in practicum about a month after the deadline, or as materials are received.
What is the procedure for enrolling in practicum?
The letter you will receive from the College of Education will include instructions and the course section that you will be allowed to register for. The system will not let you enroll independently.
May I choose my instructor for practicum?
The faculty attempts to accommodate students by assigning them to courses near their school districts. Preference is given to location rather than to a specific faculty member.
What kinds of activities are included in the practicum?
Students will complete activities providing real world experiences aligned with the ELCC standards negotiated between the students and their supervising principal. We encourage you to get involved as much as possible, particularly in activities that could include networking.
What is the time commitment for practicum activities?
Students are expected to complete 9 to 12 hours of practicum activities over the course of the class.
Is a Principal practice exam offered by the College of Education?
Free practice exams are administered by the College of Education’s state assessments office about once a month, usually on the home campus, and occasionally on the Pearland campus. The practice exam will be scored when you finish taking it, and you will fill out a diagnostic sheet afterwards that will indicate your weak competencies. The practice test cannot be shown to you after it is scored.
Are there test preparation sessions in addition to the ADSU 5010 course to help me get ready for the examination?
Free state test preparation sessions are offered by the College of Education Educational Management (ADSU) faculty each semester a week or two before each practice test session. Contact your ADSU professor for more information about review sessions.
How soon can I take the state exam (TExES)?
You will be approved to attempt the state exam after you have taken at least one practice exam offered by the university; however, it is advised that you wait until you have successfully completed at least three-fourths of your ADSU coursework and have successfully passed the practice exam offered by the university.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam on the first attempt?
While taking your coursework, you may take the exam as many times as you need to until you pass it, as long as you have attempted the practice test administered by the state assessments coordinator. If you are ready for practicum and haven’t passed the exam, you must enroll in ADSU 5010 (Professional Preparation Seminar) to get test registration approval. You may take the exam during the semester you are enrolled in ADSU 5010; however, test registration approval will be removed at the end of the ADSU 5010 semester if you haven’t taken or passed the exam during that semester. Re-enrollment in ADSU 5010 is required for test registration approval in these cases.