Admissions Requirements:
Principal Credential Program Online

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999


*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Due to current requirements, the 6-Hour Principalship Certificate is a post-masters degree enhancement option limited to students who have completed the M.Ed. in Education Leadership at UTRGV.

Most of the courses for principal certification are embedded in the coursework for the master's degree. Once the master's degree is completed, students who wish to pursue principal certification must apply to the certification program. Once admitted to the program, students will take two principal practicum courses. Students will be required to purchase a software license to store key documents, field‐based work and assessments.


To be admitted to the principal credential program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:


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