The online Principal Certification program and online Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree are now being offered by SFA ONLINE. Eligible students in the 30-hour and 18-hour Principal Preparation program will receive financial aid that will reduce the cost of the program to approximately $7,360* for master's and approximately $4,456* for certification only. This aid applies only to Texas residents enrolling in either of these online programs. Students may apply for additional financial aid at


The program is nationally-accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)​, has over a 90% pass rate on the TExES, and maintains a rigorous curriculum taught completely by highly qualified professors with successful leadership experience. A scholar-practitioner approach incorporates theory and practice-based learning that focuses on research-based leadership practices, curriculum and instructional leadership, data-driven decision-making, special programs, law, and school and community leadership. Field experiences and/or internship hours are included in all coursework. The university and department are committed to providing courses that are aligned to national and state standards, provide appropriate feedback for learning and growing, and are supportive of all students. The program has earned national recognition as a Recognized Program through the NCATE accreditation process.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature. Installment plans require an additional fee of $25.00. Parking permits can also be purchased for a fee. Fees required by the State of Texas for principal certification and SFASU Principal Preparation Program application fees are not included in the program costs. Cost of the Perkins College of Education student account for the Live Text data system is additional. If a student drops a course after classes begin, the full cost of the course without financial aid will be charged to the student. Students are advised to consider carefully any decision to drop a course after classes begin. The reduced charges for this program are for Texas residents only.


30-hour master's degree program for $7,360 (with financial aid) or

18-hour certification only program for $4,456 (with financial aid)


Effective Fall 2016. Prices are approximate.


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Dr. Barbara Qualls (Coordinator)

Department of Secondary Education & Educational Leadership

P.O. Box 13018, SFA Station

Nacogdoches, TX, 75962
Phone: 936.468.1592

Online Principal Preparation Program

Choose from a 30-hour M.Ed. or an 18-hour certification

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