Principal Certification Program

Principal Program Overview

Visual Guide for Region 4 Principal Certification in Houston, TX

INSPIRE TEXAS' 1-year Principal Certification program prepares you to set the leadership tone for teachers and students in your school, and in the community you serve. Coursework and internship activities are designed to broaden your experience and build relationships. By program’s end, you’ll have what it takes to be an effective administrator in the 21st century.

To begin the Principal Certification program, you will need:
  • a Master’s or other advanced degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
To be eligible for admission, an applicant shall have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00. The GPA shall be calculated from an official transcript as follows:
  1. 3.00 on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited IHE
  2. or 3.00 in the last 60 semester credit hours on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited IHE

Principal certification step 1 - Region 4

Complete the online application. The application fee is $95 and is non-refundable.  Assemble the following documents, to be mailed to us at least 15 days prior to the application deadline.

  1. Valid Teacher Certificate
  2. Official transcript(s), in sealed envelopes, of a master’s or other advanced degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Electronic copies may be sent to
  3. Certified or notarized copy of service record indicating a minimum of 2 years credible teaching experience
  4. Letter of recommendation from current principal or supervisor (if current position is not campus based) on school or school district letterhead
  5. Completion of Principal as Instructional Leader Candidate Aptitude by Supervisor
  6. Completion of the Leadership Diagnostic Interview
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your transcript(s) returned to you.
Email or send materials to:
INSPIRE TEXAS | Educator Certification by Region 4, 7145 W. Tidwell Rd., Houston, TX 77092


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After your application is submitted and documents received, you will be notified via email of your acceptance into the program. When you receive your notification, choose the training date that works best for you.


All candidates are required to go through a criminal history background check. Region 4 and INSPIRE TEXAS reserve the right to disqualify an applicant who has a criminal history record. Per TAC §227.1 (d) The EPP has informed applicants and candidates of the required information regarding criminal history. The applicant will be notified when the report is run, and Inspire Texas receives the results. In addition, the applicant has the right to request their results.  Candidates who defer the program and re-enter after six (6) months will go through a new criminal history background check.


Please note: Applicants who have committed and been convicted of a criminal offense, per the Texas Administrative Code §227.1 (d)(1), may be ineligible for certification as a teacher in the State of Texas. Per the Texas Administrative Code §227.1 (d)(1), applicants have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency to determine if a convicted criminal offense has rendered them ineligible. Full information on this process may be found at:



Principal certification step 2 - Region 4

Inspire Texas’ Principal Certification cohorts are offered four times a year, beginning in January, April, July and October.

After deciding which cohort works best, you will begin your one-year training program.

Principal certification step 3 - region 4

You can be certified to become a principal in as little as one year. With more than 200 clock hours of instruction, your training includes topics such as educational leadership, developmental supervision, budget planning and specific preparation for the Principal TExES exam.

  • Induction and successful internship
  • Introduction to Principal as Instructional Leader
  • Human Resources Management
  • Principalship and Educational Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • School Culture
Under the guidance of a mentor and your assigned field supervisor, you will also complete a minimum of 160 hours of field experience at an accredited school district, charter or private school.
See here for a SAMPLE calendar (NOTE: Each cohort may have the courses in a different order depending on the time of the year.)

Principal certification step 4 - Region 4

At the conclusion of your certification training and internship, the final step is successfully passing the TExES Principal Exam. Passing a content area is required by the majority of school districts in Texas. When you have successfully met all the requirements, we will recommend you for the Standard Principal Certification.

More information is available online for TExES exam registration, preparation, and test dates.

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