Principal Program Overview



Certification Only

Region 4 Inspire Texas's 1-year Principal Certification program prepares you to set the leadership tone for teachers and students in your school, and in the community you serve. Coursework and internship activities are designed to broaden your experience and build relationships. By the program’s end, you’ll have what it takes to be an effective administrator in the 21st century.


To begin the Principal Certification program, you will need a Master’s or other advanced degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


To be eligible for admission, an applicant shall have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00. The GPA shall be calculated from an official transcript as follows:

  1. 3.00 on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited IHE
  2. or 3.00 in the last 60 semester credit hours on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited IHE


New M.Ed. and Certification Track
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the University of St. Thomas to bring a 30-hour master's degree in educational leadership and certification opportunity.  




For admissions, you will need:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum overall or last 60 hours GPA of 3.0
  • At least 2 full years of creditable teaching experience and a valid teaching certificate OR be completing 2 years by the completion of the program
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in professional and community activities
  • Texas-certified school principal who will sign an agreement to serve as your site supervisor/mentor
  • Recommendation letter from your campus principal




EDUC 6326 Educational Research and Scholarship Writing
EDUC 6327 Educational Research Design and Data Analysis
EDUC 5310 Instructional Supervision
EDUC 5390 Educational Leadership 
EDUC 5391 School Law 
EDUC 5392 The Principalship 
EDUC 5397 Curriculum Planning and Development
EDUC 6335 Administrative Practicum I (15 weeks)
EDUC 6336 Administrative Practicum II (15 Weeks)
EDUC 6306 Introduction to School Finance



International Candidates


If you are applying and your master’s degree or equivalent comes from a non-English-speaking university outside the United States, the following is required:


  1. A university degree from outside of the U.S. must be evaluated, verified, and deemed equivalent to a master’s degree by an approved credential evaluation service. When requesting your credential evaluation from one of the approved TEA evaluation companies, please make sure to request it to include, GRADE by GRADEGPA, and VERIFICATIONPlease visit TEA website for a list of approved credential evaluation companies.
  2. GPA: 3.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent.
  3. English Language Proficiency Assessment: Must be demonstrated before training by one of the following:
    1. Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language-Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT). Applicant must take all four portions (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) for a score to be calculated. All four sections must meet the following criteria: The acceptable passing score on the Speaking portion is 24; Listening is 22; Reading is 22; and Writing is 21. To have scores submitted directly to Region 4, use our institution code 4805.
    2. Please register at the Education Testing Center (ETS)
    3. Information concerning the Texas Education Agency English language proficiency requirements, including new score requirements for the Test of English as a Foreign Language - Internet Based Test (TOEFL-iBT)
    4. List of countries outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC).


STEP 1: Apply










Click one of the links below to start to your certification process.




Main Office
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, Texas 77092-2096
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