Texas Administration/Principal Certification

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The Texas Education Agency issues administrative certificates to qualified applicants interested in becoming Principals or Superintendents.

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Education Requirements

Principal:

Superintendent:

Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Texas.

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Examinations

Principal:

Superintendent:

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Experience Requirements

Principal:
  • You must hold a valid classroom teaching certificate
  • You must have at least two years of classroom teaching experience

Superintendent:
  • You must hold (at minimum) a valid principal’s certificate

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Document and Application Requirements

Use the Educator Certification Online System to apply for administrator certification in Texas. Make sure to send the following information to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Educator Certification:
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, showing your receipt of a master’s degree (at minimum) and completion of the appropriate administrator preparation program
  • Institutional recommendation from your administrator preparation program
  • Exam score reports
  • Application fees

Mail the above information to the Texas Education Agency, Office of Educator Certification, William B. Travis Building, 1701 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78701.

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Criminal History Background Check

Although you have already worked in the Texas educational system, you may be asked to undergo another criminal history background check, including fingerprinting. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducts the check, and you must pay all fees incurred.

The Texas Department of Public Safety offers electronic capture and submission of fingerprints through live scan technology via their Fingerprint Applicant Service of Texas (FAST). For more information, contact the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Records Service at 512- 424-2478.

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Contact Information

For more information on administrator preparation programs in Texas, contact the colleges and universities offering them.

For further information on administrator certification in Texas, contact the Office of Educator Certification at 512-936-8400.

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