Principal Certification Deadline Approaches

July 15, 2019 • Cheryl Hoover

Principal Certification Deadline Approaches

The redesigned principal certification, Principal as Instructional Leader, goes into effect this fall. Principal candidates will be required to pass the new TExES Principal (268) and complete the Performance Assessments for School Leaders (PASL) to obtain a standard principal certification as of September 1, 2019.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopted changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter §241.41, which sets October 30, 2019, as the deadline for candidates to qualify and apply for the current principal certification and to take the corresponding certification examination. This date allows current candidates enough time to finish out their applications while ensuring the transition to the Principal as Instructional Leader is complete. 

To make certain education preparation programs (EPPs) are aligned to the new standards and assessments, programs must provide evidence of alignment with the key knowledge, skills, and mindsets of the new principal certification. The required standards are organized around nine pillars, including:

  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Curriculum alignment
  • Diversity and equity
  • Data driven instruction
  • Hiring, selection, and retention
  • Observation and feedback
  • Professional development
  • School vision and culture
  • Strategic problem solving

Currently, 52 of the 65 EPPs that applied for the new principal certification have been approved. For more information on the topic, check out Principal Certification Redesign.

Cheryl Hoover is a HR Consultant at TASB HR Services. Send Cheryl an email at

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