Professional Certification Programs

Please note that in the State of Texas, some areas of certification may only be obtained after an initial certification, and may require a minimum of two years of teaching experience.

College of Education


The UT Principalship Program (UTAPP) is an academic concentration within the Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL) program.

If students are ready to earn a Master of Education degree and pursue a career in school leadership, the UT Principalship Program offers a challenging, but highly rewarding path for those who want to make schools work for all children. As part of the nationally ranked Department of Educational Administration of The University of Texas at Austin, we transform educators into insightful, successful school leaders. 

For more information regarding this program, please contact the Educational Administration Department.

For information on the application process and registration, please contact, Hortensia Palomares.
For graduate advising, please contact Dr. Jennifer Jellison Holme.
For program internship advising, please contact the Principalship Program Advisor, Dr. Debra Hester.

Reading Specialist

The Language and Literacy studies program offers coursework that prepares students to be certified as Reading Specialists and Master Reading Teachers. 

To earn the Reading Specialist Certificate, Master's of Education candidates in Language and Literacy must complete a sequence of coursework designed to satisfy the requirements of the Texas Education Agency. These courses are included as part of the Reading Specialist Option for the master's program. (Specific courses are listed in the Language and Literacy Master's degree requirements). In addition to completion of the coursework and the master's degree, Reading Specialist candidates are required to have two or more years of teaching experience and to successfully complete the assessments required by the Texas Education Association.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Jim Hoffman in the Curriculum and Instruction Department.

School Counselor

The Counselor Education Program at the University of Texas in the Educational Psychology Department is a 48-hour Master’s Degree Program that prepares students to become School Counselor Certified in the state of Texas. In addition to a master’s degree in Counseling, state requirements for counselors include 2 years of classroom teaching experience. Candidates for School Counseling Certification also need to pass the 152 TExES School Counselor Exam.

For more information, please contact Dr. Leslie Moore in the Educational Psychology Department.


The Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP) is an academic concentration within the Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL) program, and is among the top-rated superintendency preparation programs in the nation.

CSP offers a Doctoral Specialization that is at the forefront of preparing executive level educational leaders. A combination of traditional coursework, independent directed research, and varied field-based internships with mentor superintendents under the supervision of clinical professors with proven executive leadership experience provide rich opportunities to balance theory and practice, as well as develop executive level decision making skills. The program meets and exceeds the professional standards required for eligibility to take the state superintendent certification assessment. All candidates for these programs must have Principal Certification and Principal experience or its equivalent.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Dr. Ruben Olivarez in the Educational Administration Department.

School of Information

School Librarian

The School of Information currently offers the Standard School Librarian Certificate developed by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for certification of public school librarians in Texas. This certificate prepares the holder for work at all levels of public education in Texas, from kindergarten through high school. The certification program is a graduate program.

The requirements for this certification in the state of Texas are two school years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school, a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, and an SBEC mandated exam.

For more information, please contact Carol Carreon, graduate advisor, in the School of Information.