Stephen F. Austin State University

Teacher Certification

The Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership offers certification programs for secondary teachers and school leaders. These programs are designed to provide prospective high school teachers and pre K-12 principals and superintendents an opportunity to develop the professional knowledge and skills needed to become leaders of schools in the 21st century.

The department's innovative programs in initial and advanced certifications are collaboratively designed by university professors, public school personnel, parents, and representatives from business and industry. The common strands of all programs are field-based experiences and quality mentoring.

All programs in the department are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The professional education programs that lead to teacher certification include preservice secondary 8-12 and Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification (PBIC). The advanced programs offered are a Master of Education Degree with the following options: professional teaching certificate and the standard principal's certificate. The superintendent's certificate is offered as a non-degree program after the student has successfully completed all requirements for principalship certification. Also, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in educational leadership is offered. Annually, there are more than 200 students enrolled in the department's initial certification programs and 300 in the advanced programs.

Student Organizations

Various organizations exist at SFA that are designed to add out-of-class education to the in-class instruction students receive. The following organizations are available to enhance your personal and professional development and networking skills. Furthermore, these organizations provide opportunities for leadership and interaction with fellow students, faculty members and professionals in the field of secondary education.

For more information, contact the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at rudolpham@sfasu.edu. 936.468.2908.