Jul 19, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 24 
ACE Catalog - Volume 24 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Texas Educational Leadership Certificate

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Program Description

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.  

Program Outcomes 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Manage human and fiscal resources effectively which includes prioritizing decisions based on the school’s academic achievement goals.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Course List (18 Total Semester Credits)


  • The Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership is approved by the Texas Education Agency as a preparatory program leading to an administrator/building principal certification in Texas.
  • Information about ACE’s Educational Leadership program performance (pass rates) over the past five years is available on the Texas Education Agency’s website.
  • Information about the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce can be found on the EEP website and from Texas Workforce Commission.
  • 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”.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website [http://www.ace.edu/admissions/programs-by-state].

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