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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a master’s degree required? Yes. The state requires that administrators hold at least a master’s degree from an accredited university.


How long does the program take? The program takes approximately 13 months. 


Who provides the training? Training is provided by ESC2 staff and other outside consultants.


Where does the training take place? Training is a combination of online coursework, virtual and face-to-face instruction.


Do I have to attend all training sessions? Yes, attendance is closely monitored as program expectations are designed to meet TEA compliance.  Non-compliance with the attendance policy can result in dismissal from the program.

Am I guaranteed a job if I complete my training?  

Education careers are subject to the same supply and demand forces as any other workforce.  Many of our graduates gain employment as administrators such as an assistant principal, principal, dean of instruction and directors.

What are the requirements for a Criminal History Background Check or a  Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation?  

All candidates must undergo a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation prior to employment as an educator or clinical teaching. A Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation is an evaluation of eligibility for a Texas educator certificate based on your self-reported criminal history. As a service to prospective candidates, TEA staff may perform an evaluation for a non-refundable fee of $50. The evaluation is voluntary and non-binding.  Additional information from TEA is available at: Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation - FAQs

  • HB1508, effective September 1, 2017, requires notice regarding the consequences of a criminal conviction on eligibility for an occupational license
How can I check and compare the performance over time for the ESC2 Program?   Where can I find consumer information on the program provided by ESC2 and other certification programs in Texas?

The following link contains several measures of performance for our program as well as other programs in our area: Consumer Information About Educator Preparation Programs

For Additional Information: Texas Education Agency’s "Becoming a Principal or Superintendent" online web link provides state requirements for obtaining a Principal certificate