Certification Information

Courses have carefully been selected and crafted to meet the educational needs of students, as well as the requirements of the Texas Educational Agency and the State Board of Education.

For information about certification, see the Counseling or Educational Leadership Program Handbooks on the Forms and Documents page or contact Heather Doyle, Director of Accreditation, Certification, and Assessment.  Students must meet all TCU and TEA requirements, which are listed on the Certification Checklists on the Forms and Documents page.

There is a 5-time limit on taking a single certification exam. Any tester who has attempted a test (regardless of how any attempts before August 31, 2015) may test up to four more times after September 1, 2015.  Additional attempts would require SBEC permission.

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a SBEC educator preparation program, or planning to take a certification exam may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person’s potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense (TAC §227.101c).

Note to students or alumni seeking Principal or Superintendent Certification:

Upon graduation from the M.Ed. or Ed.D. program, students seeking principal certification are encouraged to complete the TExES exam within one year. Alumni will not be permitted to take the exam more than seven years after their date of graduation. To obtain permission to test, those who have exceeded the seven-year time allotment must take additional coursework, including Law & Ethics, Instructional Supervision and a two-semester, 160-hour practicum, and must pass a practice certification exam.

In order for TCU to make a final recommendation to SBEC regarding certification, certification-seeking students must have completed the required curriculum, including the 160-hour campus- or district-based practicum, and passed the appropriate certification exam.