Professional Certification Programs

The University of Texas at Austin offers highly acclaimed educator certification programs to prepare students for administrative and supporting positions in schools.

Students seeking professional certificates must already have an undergraduate degree. In some cases, you must have an initial teaching certificate and have completed a minimum of two years teaching experience in a public or accredited private school.

All professional certificates are offered in conjunction with a graduate degree program. Students should contact department advisors for specific requirements before enrolling in a professional certificate program.

Students seeking those certifications should send their service records to the certification officer in SZB 244. The recommendation process for professional certification often takes longer than two weeks.

Probationary certificates may be available to eligible students after the completion of the first year in the program. Approval from the program or area chair is required. Probationary certificates will not be granted to students lacking the appropriate teaching experience.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will notify the student directly when the student is certified.

Learn more about how to obtain a professional certification.

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School Counselor

The Counselor Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology 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, the state requires counselors to have two years of classroom teaching experience. Candidates for school counseling certification also need to pass the 152 TExES School Counselor Exam.

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The Texas Principal Leadership Academy offers students a challenging and highly rewarding career path for those who want to make schools work for all children. Students will earn a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) to pursue a career in school leadership. As part of the nationally ranked Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, we transform educators into reform-minded, culturally responsive, data-savvy, and instructional school leaders for public schools.

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Our top-ranked Cooperative Superintendency Program is at the forefront of preparing executive level educational leaders. This program combines traditional coursework, independent directed research, and varied field-based internships with mentor superintendents under the supervision of clinical professors with proven executive leadership experience. These opportunities provide a rich balance to theory and practice, and develop executive level decision-making skills. All candidates must have principal certification and principal experience or its equivalent.

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School Librarian

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