The Texas Educational Leadership Certificate Program prepares aspiring school administrators with current scientific research, pedagogy, and instructional technology through a series of six educational leadership courses. Students are empowered to maximize school effectiveness and improve supervision and leadership skills in diverse P-12 school settings. Students will develop the strategies required to lead for learning, including creating a school-wide vision and using data to inform decision-making. The program is aligned to the Texas Principal Leadership Standards and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) for effective leadership and is designed to create culturally aware and competent administrators.
- Develop, implement, and monitor a shared vision of learning for an EC-12 school, promoting the academic and social success of all students and effectively aligning the vision to the school’s mission.
- Employ evidence-based strategies, including observation and high-quality professional development, and intellectual processes to support teachers as they strengthen content delivery, instructional effectiveness, and assessment for all students.
- Engage faculty, staff, and other school stakeholders in team-building strategies, and facilitate the process of developing and maintaining professional learning communities to increase student engagement and achievement.
- Implement skills, concepts, and practices to structure an educationally enriched, technology-enhanced, positive and safe school environment.
- Manage human and fiscal resources effectively which includes prioritizing decisions based on the school’s academic achievement goals.
- Practice and model ethical decision-making skills to include equitable considerations, valid data gathering, various reporting measures and consequence analyses concerning school personnel and other issues impacting school environments.
- Promote strong parent, family, and community relations by modeling equity, fairness, and respect among all school stakeholders.
- Demonstrate shared decision making and an effective communication network through various media modes and accessibility for the purpose of maintaining positive community/school relationships.
- Apply legal and social principles in an institutional framework to enrich the school’s climate, culture, and diverse learning infrastructure, including an emphasis on civic and global learning.
- Engage in professional learning activities, including research, to remain current in the field and to ensure relevant application of evidence-based practices in the school setting.