CANYON, TX (KFDA) - West Texas A&M University is revising its course requirements and costs to make their Educational Leadership Program less expensive than online programs from other universities.
The Department of Education said this revision is another way WT wants to put the needs of the Panhandle first.
"The standards for Texas principals has changed," said WT Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Gary Bigham. "We were actually in the process of revamping our program to be in tight alignment with that, and in doing so, we actually realized we could reduce the number of hours required of our Master Degree and Principal Certification options."
WT will now award teachers obtaining their Master's degree one three-hour credit.
This adaption will reduce the course list from 10 to nine classes and could potentially save teachers roughly $1,000 in tuition.
"We might offer the finest program in the world, but if it's not affordable, they're not going to come to us. So, is it important? Absolutely," said Bigham.
Experts say this program is important because quality leadership is necessary for our local school districts.
"We need quality leadership as we move forward, and WT is being very responsive in their Educational Leadership Department," said Canyon ISD Superintendent Darryl Flusche.
The Educational Leadership program admission requirements are described in the current Graduate Catalog.
The revised program is expected to begin this Fall.