Professional and Master Teacher Certification

Professional and master teacher certifications are available in the following education areas: principal, master reading teacher, master mathematics teacher, master science teacher, master technology teacher, counselor, superintendent, and reading specialist. Each certification requires a master’s degree and teaching experience in Texas public schools. Refer to each individual departmental section of this catalog for specific information or contact the department.

If you are seeking a Professional or Master Teacher Certification, you must apply for admission through The Graduate College and adhere to the following procedure:

  1. Submit an admission application and non-refundable $10 fee to The Graduate College.
  2. Submit an official transcript that shows your highest college degree earned.

For master mathematics teacher admission information and eligibility requirements, contact the Department of Mathematics at 512.245.2551.

For elementary master mathematics teacher admission information and eligibility requirements, contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 512.245.2042.

For reading specialist and master reading teacher and master technology teacher admission information and eligibility requirements, contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 512.245.2042.

For master science teacher admission information and eligibility requirements, contact the Department of Biology in the College of Science and Engineering at 512.245.2178.

For master technology teacher admission information and eligibility requirements, contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 512.245.2042.

For principal, superintendent*, and counselor certification, contact the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at 512.245.3083 for admission information and eligibility requirements.

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NOTE:  In addition to university Graduate Catalog requirements, in order to be admitted to the superintendent certification program, applicants must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited university and hold a Principal certificate or the equivalent issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), another state or country; or have completed the superintendent certificate application and been approved by the TEA to substitute managerial experience in lieu of a principal certificate.

International Professional and Master Teacher Certification Applicants

An international applicant is defined as an applicant who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. In addition to meeting the above requirements, international students seeking entry under the post-baccalaureate or post-graduate certification or licensure student admission category must: 

  1. A non-refundable international/evaluation fee of $50. (The application fee for international students is $10 plus the $50 evaluation fee for a total application fee of $60.)
  2. Two (2) official transcripts indicating that a four-year baccalaureate degree equivalent was awarded: one set in the native language and the other set translated into English.
  3. Submit a copy of the diploma or certificate awarded, showing the type of degree earned, the institution awarding the degree, and the date the degree was earned.
  4. Submit official results of the internet-based TOEFL showing a score of 78 or higher, with a minimum of 26 on the speaking section and a 19 in all other sections. 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) does not accept any other English proficiency exam scores.

A student under an F-1 student visa must be enrolled full-time (9 hours) in the fall and spring terms. A new initial F-1 student who recently gained admission into the U.S. with a program start date set to begin with the summer session must enroll full-time for that summer session