TX Educational Leadership Certification Requirements-Reciprocity Pathway

Texas Educational Leadership Certification Requirements-Reciprocity Pathway

Educational Leadership Certification Available: Principal


Texas has the following requirements for applicants of a standard School Principal certificate.

1. DEGREE: Minimum of a Master's degree from an accredited university.

2. PROGRAM: Completion of a school principal preparation program that meets the standards set by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.  

3. CERTIFICATE: Hold a valid standard classroom teaching certificate.

4. EXPERIENCE: WGU Educational Leadership students must have at least three years of teaching experience, rather than the minimum two years experience required by Texas.

5. OUT-OF-STATE CERTIFICATE: Out-of-state program completers must possess a comparable administrator certificate from another state.
  • 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, please contact the Licensure Office to determine your initial licensure state at licensure@wgu.edu
WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here. ​If you begin your practicum on or after August 1, 2016, the completion of a practicum must take place over the course of a full school year. See the Washington Rules for more information. Your Educational Leadership standard pathway will be changed to account for this full school year requirement. This may result in an additional academic term of study.


A full school year shall mean at least the academic year. While principal candidates may begin their practicum in any month, they must complete practicum activities (verified on the clinical hour log) during every month that the school is open for a total of at least one academic year. The practicum does not conclude early if the required hours are logged prior to the accumulation of one academic year and candidates may not accelerate through the practicum.  School year means the annual period commencing on the first day of September of one calendar year and ending the last day of August of the ensuing calendar year.

  • Students who matriculated with a start date of 5/1/2013 or earlier must complete a practicum of at least 150 hours.

7. EXAM REQUIREMENTS: Pass the following two exams:



For further details on Texas administrator certification requirements, please see the Texas Administrative Code, Rule 241.20 and Chapter 230, Subsection H.

Visit these links for important information: 

General Information About Licensing in Texas-Reciprocity Pathway

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU 

Administrator Certification Application Instructions-Reciprocity Pathway





Article Number: 20192, 1869