Principal Certification

New in 2017-2018! The Rice Education program is pleased to offer principal certification beginning in fall 2017.

New in 2017-2018!

The Rice Education Department is pleased to offer principal certification in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Rice Principal Certification program is appropriate for educators who already hold a master's degree and a Texas teaching certificate and seek focused training in educational leadership. This eighteen-month program is designed for K-12 educators that have at least two years of teaching experience and are motivated to learn the skills necessary to be an effective school leader.

Our Principal Certification program brings together the values and requirements of the Texas Education Agency with the academic quality of Rice University. You will learn how to develop a strategic vision that prioritizes high quality instruction and student achievement; establish a school-wide culture committed to improving student learning through clear goals, targets and strategies; cultivate a reflective practice that focuses on solutions, treat challenges as opportunities and support staff through organizational changes.

Plan of Study (15 credit hours)

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Practicum for Principals I
  • Practicum for Principals II
  • Professional Education Elective


We keep the costs of the Principal Certification program as low as possible for our city’s educators. Incentives include significantly reduced tuition for all admitted students and course tuition aid. Additionally, tuition is priced per course to accommodate part-time students.

Tuition for the principal certification program in the 2017-2018 academic year is $2,800 per course (does not include books or other supplies as needed). This reflects a significantly reduced rate from normal Rice University tuition, and is designed to accommodate part-time students. For additional information on loans and other financial assistance, visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

For complete information about Rice University tuition, visit the university's cost of study web page.


We believe in the importance of developing education leaders, particularly those working in high-need schools. Our program offers a limited number of merit-based, partial scholarships to highly-qualified, prospective students.


Fees include but are not limited to:

  • Student services fee: $8 per person
  • Parking fee: $70-$240 per year; varies depending on the parking permit selected
  • Graduate Student Association fee: $21 per session (no more than $42 per year)

Additional information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Cashier's website.

For More Information

We regularly host information sessions on campus and invite you to join us for one at your convenience. Please view our calendar to find a time that works for your schedule. Also, you may request additional information or schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. We welcome the opportunity to visit with you one-on-one to learn about your professional growth goals and discuss how our program will serve your needs.

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Don't have a master's degree?

Learn more about our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. The MAT plan of study facilitates a specialization in organizational leadership, allowing you to earn your MAT and principal certification simultaneously.