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Certification Programs

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

This is not a one-size-fits-all world, and we do not believe that one set of admissions criteria is appropriate for all graduate programs; therefore, each of WTAMU's graduate programs has its own specific admissions requirements, determined by the program advisor.

Certification-Only Programs

Alternative Teacher Certification/Ready, Set, Teach! (PACE)

Ready, Set, Teach! (RST) is a highly respected, university-based online Texas teacher certification program that offers full Texas teacher certification within twelve (12) months, online courses, graduate course credit leading to a master's degree, job alerts, and career counseling. 

Please reference the PACE Planning Guide for more information on requirements.

Principal Certification

This 24-semester credit hour program, comprised of six courses and a year-long practicum, is designed for applicants who hold an earned master’s degree and are pursuing mid-management positions in public and private schools that require the Texas principal certificate. These positions may include, but are not limited to campus principals, assistant principals, curriculum directors, athletic directors, special education directors, special programs directors, and human resource managers. Upon completion of the required coursework and practicum, the culminating examination is the principal TExES. Applicants must have an earned master’s degree to be considered for admission to the program and two years of creditable teaching experience to be eligible for the Texas principal certificate.

Please reference the EDLD Admission Requirements page for more information on admission requirements for principal certification coursework.

Superintendent Certification

This 15-semester credit hour program, comprised of five courses and a year-long practicum, is designed for applicants who hold an earned master’s degree and are pursuing management positions in public and private schools that require the Texas superintendent certificate. Applicants must hold principal certification prior to completion of the superintendent certification program. Upon completion of the required coursework and practicum, the culminating examination is the superintendent TExES. 

Please reference the EDLD Admission Requirements page for more information on admission requirements for superintendent certification coursework.

Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

The Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed as a certificate course of study that enables a practicing nurse who holds a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree to prepare for credentialing as a FNP. Upon completion of the prescribed course of study, the student's transcript indicates that he/she has completed the educational preparation as regulated by the Texas Board of Nursing. Successful students are eligible to take a national FNP certification exam.

Please reference the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate page for more information on admission requirements.

Post Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate

The primary aim of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner role specialization option is to prepare nurses for specialized mental health care in all areas and to improve access for all. The Post Master's PMHNP Certificate is designed to enable a practicing nurse who holds a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree to prepare for credentialing as a PMHNP. 

Please reference the Post Master's PMHNP Certificate page for more information on admission requirements.

Diagnostican Certification

The Educational Diagnostician Program at West Texas A&M University has been designed to emphasize the professional standards for Diagnostic Specialists recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children with an emphasis on assessment, research-based practices, and interventions. All classes are online and easily accessible for students across the United States. Students who already have a master's degree can choose to pursue coursework required for diagnostician certification outside of a degree-seeking program.

Requirements for diagnostician certification coursework are the same as those for the Educational Diagnostician program. Please reference the Admissions Requirements and Deadlines page for more information on admission requirements. 

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Certification

The Counseling program is designed to prepare ethical, culturally competent counselors to provide professional counseling services in various clinical settings.  The faculty-approved settings where students have served their internships include mental health centers, state hospitals and training schools, facilities for clients with dual diagnoses, as well as multipurpose mental health agencies. Students who already have a master's degree in counseling or school counseling can choose to pursue coursework required for LPC certification outside of a degree-seeking program.

Requirements for LPC certification coursework are the same as those for general non-degree seeking students. Please reference the Non-Degree Seeking Students page for more information on admission requirements.