Steps to Complete Professional Certification

The following steps need to be completed for all of the non-teacher certifications (Principal, School Counselor, Education Diagnostician and Superintendent). Candidates are required to meet all TEA guidelines, GPA requirements and background (criminal history) information.

Wayland has a rolling admission for the non-teacher certifications. Depending upon the amount of coursework taken during each section, class rotations and practicum experiences, the professional certifications can be completed within 2 years. However, most candidates complete the certification in a 3-year period. Any additional requirements for particular professional certification are listed in the respective sections below and in the program links.

Admission to Grad School

  1. File completed application for the Professional Education Program and Grad School
  2. Meet GPA and degree requirements for admission to Grad School and the specific degree requirements
  3. Indicate specific non-teacher certification desired

Admission to the Education Preparation Program

  1. Provide a copy of a valid teacher certification
  2. Provide evidence of required minimum years teaching experience
  3. Submit service record
  4. Interview
  5. Apply to the Education Preparation Program
  6. Submit autobiography
  7. TEA Required Trainings

Upon admission to the Education Preparation Program Coursework

  1. Contact advisor for course direction and selection
  2. Prior to the practicum, take and pass the appropriate certificate exam
  3. Complete all program and/or degree requirements
  4. Candidate will be recommended to be certified

Time for completion does vary for each individual. The recommended timeline for completion for most candidates is 2 to 4 years.