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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Certificate Preparation

Certification Preparation Only Options

The Principal Certificate

If you have a master’s degree, you may take 18 additional face-to-face hours through our department and earn the credentials needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This principal certificate program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

The Superintendent Certificate

The fully online Superintendent Certificate Program was collaboratively developed by The University of Texas at Arlington and area school district personnel to ensure that program participants acquire the skills and background information needed to become practicing superintendents. This non-thesis certificate program (15 hours, six courses) is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for administrators who already have principal certification and a conferred master’s degree who want to advance in the K-12 education arena.

Texas students who would like to be authorized to take the Texas superintendent exam must meet state, course, and documentation requirements and pass the practice superintendent exam.  Students must come to the UTA Campus to take the practice exam.

Candidates must pass all appropriate state exams (limit of four retests) and apply for appropriate state certification(s) with the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency within six months of the completion of their student/clinical teaching or practicum program. If a candidate allows the six month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or state exams will be required for recommendation for certification. Additional coursework will be determined by the appropriate Program Coordinator in consultation with faculty.

Out of State Students

Out of state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification.  Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of the Superintendent Certification program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

Texas Students

The Superintendent Certificate program is an approved educator preparation program in Texas. To be eligible to receive the Standard Superintendent Certificate, you must:

  • hold, at a minimum, a master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency, as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  • hold, at a minimum, a standard principal certificate or the equivalent issued under this title or by another state or country;
  • successfully complete a Texas approved superintendent educator preparation program and be recommended for certification by that program; the program includes a supervised practicum in an accredited Texas public school or other school approved by the Texas Education Agency and be recommended for certification by that program;
  • satisfactorily complete an exam based on the Texas Standards Required for the Superintendent Certificate;
  • and any other Texas Education Agency (TEA) or State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements.

We do not recommend students for probationary certificates.

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All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs.

Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: