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Educational Leadership - Obtaining Professional Certification

Educational Leadership Program

Professional Certification

Texas School Leader Certification

Requirements for obtaining the principal and superintendent certificates are prescribed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). State certification for Texas school administrators consists of three types: full, intern, and probationary. Full certification is sought by candidates who have successfully completed their respective certification programs. Intern and probationary certification may be obtained only in special cases where candidates are contractually employed in an administrative position prior to their completion of their certification programs, the director of the West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) program recommends the candidate for intern or probationary certification, and TEA grants the temporary certificate. For more detailed information about Texas certification, refer to the Educator Certification webpage on the TEA website. The university directors for guidance on the school leader certification processes at WTAMU are Dr. Ray Barbosa for principal certification and Dr. Gary Bigham for superintendent certification.

Full Certification

The steps to full certification include the following:

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Completion of coursework and associated field experiences (practicum) as prescribed on an approved degree or certification plan. The coursework and practicums have been carefully designed to promote success on the master's comprehensive exam for degree-seeking candidates, the licensure exams for certification-seeking candidates, and for success in leadership roles in the profession of education.


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The graduation requirement applies only to degree-seeking candidates. Eligibility for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership hinges on successfully completing all course and practicum requirements and passing the master's comprehensive exam. Certification only candidates entered their certification program with an earned master's degree and are not required to pass a master's comprehensive exam. 


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State certification is granted by the Texas Education Agency once a candidate has fulfilled the requirements for becoming a principal or superintendent in Texas. After completion of the appropriate certification program (which may or may not include the conferral of a degree), the candidate must pass the required Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for the desired area of certification. There are three steps in this process:

                                   Prepare for Success on the TExES


                                                              Register for and take the TExES


                                                                                                  Apply for the Standard Certificate


Temporary Certification

Occasionally, candidates find themselves in need of certification prior to completing their certification program. Upon recommendation by the appropriate Educational Leadership program director, intern or probationary certification may be recommended to the university's certification office and the Texas Education Agency for candidates currently enrolled in a principal or superintendent certification program and employed in a professional position requiring principal or superintendent certification. Once approved by TEA, temporary certification is equivalent to full certification, but with time restrictions. If an educational leadership candidate is in need of intern or probationary certification s/he should contact the designated program director to discuss eligibility. Once eligibility has been established, the candidate will complete the requirements. The rules for intern and probationary certificates are prescribed in 19 TAC §230.36 and 19 TAC §230.37 respectively.



Note: Requirements for licensure/certification vary from state to state. Our programs prepare candidates for certification and/or licensure in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare candidates for licensure or certification in other states.


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