Superintendent Certification

The process for admission to the superintendent certification program at Texas A&M University-Commerce must occur no later than July 1st for the cohort beginning in August of that year. The program begins in August with the first seminar for the block of year-long superintendent adaptive core courses (EDAD 628 and EDAD 611). Three technical core courses (EDAD 620, EDAD 627, and EDAD 651) must be taken prior to EDAD 628 and EDAD611. Students must be admitted into the certification program before taking the superintendent adaptive core block courses (EDAD 628 and EDAD 611).

           Students with mid- management/standard principal certification admitted into the doctoral program may take the three technical core certification program courses without admission into the superintendent’s program.  See the graduate catalogue for further information.

Admission Packet

 The admission packet must be completed and submitted by July 1 Prior to taking EDAD 628 and EDAD 611. To be admitted to the Superintendent Certification Program, the student  must complete and submit the following items to the Educational Leadership Department, Texas A&M University–Commerce, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX  75429.

1. Superintendent Practicum Information Form. (see Appendix A and Appendix B)

2. Professional resume of leadership experience with a brief portfolio of scholarship or work products related to leadership experience

3. Certification Plan (see Appendix C)

4. Copy of Teacher/Administrator Service Record

5.  Copy of principal/mid-management certificate

6.  Complete a Self-Assessment Profile (see Appendix D)

7.  Complete an practicum proposal (see Appendix E)

8.  Read and understand:

  • the Ethics and Standards information. Complete the signature page. (see Appendix I and Appendix K)
  • the FERPA information. Complete the signature page. (see Appendix J and Appendix K)
  • the Superintendent Handbook. Complete the signature page. (See Appendix K)


Note:  Attachments are found in the Handbook for the Superintendent Certification Program.  Incomplete packets are not accepted.


The initial screening of applicants will be completed utilizing the material submitted with the application packet to determine whether or not the applicant meets the department’s eligibility criteria for admission to the Superintendent Certification Program. Those selected from initial screening may be invited to interview with the Superintendent Certification Committee before acceptance.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program in a timely manner.  Those not accepted may appeal the decision to the Superintendent Certification Committee, which is composed of the Head of the Doctoral Program, the Certification Advisor, and a teaching professor in the program.

 Students who plan to enroll in EDAD 628 and EDAD 611 should contact the Superintendent Certification Program Coordinator at 903/886-5520 to be permitted to register.

 Program requirements

 The superintendent certification program consists of 15 semester hours of credit including the superintendent block. The superintendent block is a year-long experience including a practicum taken simultaneously with the course entitled “Superintendent.”  These courses meet periodically for seminars during the two semesters. Practicum field visits are conducted according to the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7, Chapter 228, §Rule 228.35.

 The entire program includes:

EDAD 628 School District CEO Leadership: The Superintendent, and

EDAD 611 School District CEO Leadership: The Practicum

EDAD 620 School District Instructional Leadership: Human Resources

EDAD 627 School District Organizational Leadership: Finance

EDAD 651 School District Organizational Leadership: Facilities


Handbook for the Superintendent Certification Program