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Principal Certification

If you want to make an impact beyond the classroom, the University of Houston College of Education can help you become a certified principal in Texas. We offer two main options:

  • Master’s degree, plus certification: Our M.Ed. in administration and supervision program will prepare you to work as a school principal. The program is designed for working professionals and can be completed in as few as two years.
  • Certification only: If you already have a master’s degree and are only seeking certification to be a principal, this option is designed to be completed in as little as one calendar year. (On the online UH application, chose "certificate" for the type of program you are seeking.)
  • Note: Students also may pursue principal certification if they are seeking an M.Ed. in special populations – special education leadership, an Ed.D. in professional leadership – special populations or an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. Contact Clinical Assistant Professor Keith Butcher at for details.

You must be certified to work as a public school principal in Texas. Private schools can set their own requirements.


ATTENTION: Fall 2019 Advanced Certification graduates and Spring 2020 Advanced Certification soon-to-be graduates

Please read this important memo about certification changes in light of COVID-19.


After being admitted into the University of Houston, you also must be admitted into the College of Education’s principal-preparation program. This is a state requirement for all educator-prep programs. Students should look for more information from the College after being accepted to UH.

Basic requirements include:

  • Having a GPA of 2.5 or higher (based on last degree earned)
  • Holding a valid Texas teacher certification
  • Having at minimum a bachelor’s degree

UH typically has a high admission rate for those who meet the state requirements.


Once formally admitted in the certification program, you must complete the following:

  • 200+ clock hours of content and pedagogy (5+ courses)
    • For the master's degree, additional courses will be required.
  • 160+ practicum hours
  • 135+ observation minutes by a UH field supervisor


To earn certification, you must:

  • Successfully complete all coursework.
  • Complete all required practicum hours and observations.
  • Complete the degree program.
  • Hold a valid Texas teacher certification.
  • Have two years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school.
  • Hold at minimum a master’s degree.
  • Pass the 268/Principal as Instructional Leader certification exam and the 368/Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL).*

Contact Us

General certification questions

Certification office
UH College of Education

Program certification questions

Keith Butcher
Clinical assistant professor
UH College of Education