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:
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:
|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|
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:
Complete the online application. The application fee is $95 and is non-refundable. Assemble the following documents, to be mailed to us at least 15 days prior to the application deadline.
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your transcript(s) returned to you.
Email or send materials to:
Region 4 Inspire Texas, 7145 W. Tidwell Rd., Houston, TX 77092
After your application is submitted and documents received, you will be notified via email of your acceptance into the program. When you receive your notification, choose the training date that works best for you.
All candidates are required to go through a criminal history background check. Region 4 reserves the right to disqualify an applicant who has a criminal history record. Per TAC §227.1 (d) The EPP has informed applicants and candidates of the required information regarding criminal history. The applicant will be notified when the report is run, and Inspire Texas receives the results. In addition, the applicant has the right to request their results. Candidates who defer the program and re-enter after six (6) months will go through a new criminal history background check.
Region 4 Inspire Texas's Principal Certification Cohorts are offered four times a year beginning in January, April, July, and October.
After deciding which cohort works best, you will begin your one-year training program.
You can be certified to become a principal in as little as one year. With more than 200 clock hours of instruction, your training includes topics such as educational leadership, developmental supervision, budget planning and specific preparation for the principal TExES exam.
Under the guidance of a mentor and your assigned field supervisor, you will also complete a minimum of 160 hours of field experience at an accredited school district, charter or private school.
See here for a SAMPLE calendar (NOTE: Each cohort may have the courses in a different order depending on the time of the year.)
At the conclusion of your certification training and internship, the final step is successfully passing the TExES principal exam. Passing a content area is required by the majority of school districts in texas. When you have successfully met all the requirements, we will recommend you for the standard principal certification.