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Teacher Education Certification Requirements

In addition to meeting degree requirements, individuals seeking to teach in the elementary, middle school and high schools of the State must meet specific certification requirements. These include passing an approved basic skills test (THEA or Accuplacer), formal admission to a teacher education program, the satisfactory completion of structured field experiences, satisfactory performance on required subject area and professional practices competency examinations (TExES), compliance with an investigation to determine absence of a criminal history, and completion of a certification application accompanied by the required fee.

Advancement to Student Teaching
Recommendation for Teacher Certification/License

Principal Certification

Superintendent Certification - Pending SBEC Approval (Summer 2016)

The superintendent certificate is offered completely online through the School of Education and offers five specialized classes including the superintendent practicum. The five course offerings include School Plant and Facilities; Leadership and the Change Process; School Improvement and Educational Reform; Politics, Governance and Finance of Education; and the Superintendent Practicum. This certificate is designed for practicing administrators. This program can be completed in 12 months.


Superintendent Application Requirements


Each superintendent applicant must submit an admissions portfolio to the Office of the Dean of Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. This should include:


  • Completed application for entrance into the Superintendent Certification Program. You can download the Superintendent Certification Application for admission from the university website at:
  • A complete set of your most recent official transcripts.
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons who can give evidence of the applicant’s reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. One letter should be from a supervisor familiar with the individual’s professional work;
  • A detailed résumé;
  • Copy of both teacher’s certification and principal’s certification.
  • Documentation of having at least two years of TEA-approved teaching experience;
  • Documentation of having experience in administrative, managerial, or other leadership positions in a public or private school setting;
  • A statement of professional goals explaining why you want to enter the Superintendent Certification Program;
  • Once the application information and submission requirements have been met, a distance interview will be conducted either by phone, FaceTime, or other means of electronic media.


It is up to the applicant to make sure that all requested items have been submitted via email to the following address:


Dr. Tim Powers

School of Education

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, Texas 79072