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The Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations offers a Superintendent Preparation/Certification Program. Students who wish to pursue superintendent certification must apply to the Graduate School for admission and submit the following documents: 

  1. documentation of master’s degree,
  2. Texas principal certificate, and
  3. three letters of recommendation from school or central office personnel.

A review process and admission recommendation and Superintendent Certification plans will be reviewed by the faculty advisory committee.

The program is designed as a follow-through educational leadership experience to the principal preparation program to prepare students for

  1. executive-level positions in school districts, and
  2. (for the TExES Superintendent Exam (195).

Students enrolled in the program are required to complete the following courses:

EDAD 5380Schl Organiz, Reform & Renewal3
EDAD 5388Central Office Administration3
EDAD 5382Educational Finance3
EDAD 5384Educ Facilities Management3
EDAD 5386Educational Policy Development3
EDAD 5389Schl Superintendent Internship3

Exit Portfolio:

At the end of the EDAD 5389 School Superintendent Internship, students will present a portfolio containing relevant and practical administrative-based material produced in other course activities as associated with the Standards for Superintendents in Texas. The portfolio will be reviewed by faculty members and local expert school administrators to determine whether the individual student has demonstrated sufficient academic growth to warrant culmination of field based experience (Superintendent Internship). 

Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check in order to complete this requirement. 

Students pursuing the Texas Superintendent Certification will be required to complete the following before enrolling in the School Superintendent Internship course:

  1. Successful mastery (>=80%) on the TExES qualifying exam,
  2. Successful mastery (>=240 scale score) on the TExES Superintendent Examination 

Successful mastery of the TExES Superintendent exam and the completion of the School Superintendent Internship course, students will be able to apply to the Texas Superintendent Certificate. 

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 18

Superintendent Certificate Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
EDAD 5380Schl Organiz, Reform & Renewal3
EDAD 5382Educational Finance3
EDAD 5384Educ Facilities Management3
EDAD 5386Educational Policy Development3
EDAD 5388Central Office Administration3
EDAD 5389Schl Superintendent Internship3
Total Hours18