TX Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions-Reciprocity Pathway

Texas Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions-Reciprocity Pathway

To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing an Administrator degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. 

Initial Out-of-State License Required: A graduate of a WGU Educational Leadership program wishing to obtain a Texas Principal license must apply for and receive an Administrator license in another state prior to applying in Texas. 


  • If you enrolled in a WGU Educational Leadership program on or after 6/2/2013, then you should first apply for a Residency Administrator license in Washington.
  • If you enrolled in a WGU Educational Leadership program on or before 5/1/2013, then you should first contact the Licensure Office to determine your initial licensure state by emailing licensure@wgu.edu

Step 1: Apply for your administrator license in either Washington or South Dakota (based on your enrollment date). Note, those licensing in Washington will also need to complete a Washington fingerprint background check. Then, apply for your Texas administrator license by proceeding with the following steps. This process of "Certification Based on Credentials from Outside Texas" is also described on the TEA Website.

Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. If you have not received a transcript with your WGU diploma, then see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.

Step 3: If you have not already done so, Set up an account with SBEC.

Step 4: Once you have set up your account, select "Out-of-State Certified Applicants" from the menu options.

Step 5: Request a Review of Credentials.

Step 6: Fingerprinting and a background check will be required if you have not previously been certified by SBEC. As part of the online application process, you will need to use either the FAST LiveScan service (recommended) or request that a fingerprint card be sent to you. When you receive this card, you will need to go to your local law enforcement agency and have your fingerprints taken. Once completed, the fingerprint card should be mailed back to SBEC, in the pre-addressed envelope provided, as quickly as possible. For further details on the fingerprint background clearance process, go to the Fingerprinting for Texas Educators web page and review the information under "New Applicant." 

Step 7: After you apply for your review of credentials, you will be able to register to take the necessary TExES exams, and you will be given directions for mailing in any required documentation (e.g. out-of-state license, official transcripts).

Step 8: Once your credentials have been reviewed and all certification requirements have been met, you may then apply for a Standard Certificate through SBEC.






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