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Become a respected leader in Texas school districts through our fully online Superintendent Certification program. Offered separately or with a doctorate in educational administration, the 15-hour certification program provides the skills required to lead school districts. You’ll work with our renowned faculty to explore school finance, facility planning, employee management and human resource management. You will apply classroom theory to the school setting by completing a semester-long practicum experience.

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Program Information

Our program begins in January and includes the superintendent block. The superintendent block is a three-semester experience including the practicum. Practicum field visits are conducted according to Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7, Chapter 228, §Rule 228.35.

Program Layout

You must be admitted into the certification program and complete the three core courses before enrolling in the practicum courses, EDAD 628 School District CEO Leadership: The Superintendent, and EDAD 611: School District CEO Leadership: The Practicum.

If you have been admitted to the Educational Leadership doctoral program and the Superintendent Certification program, you may take the three core certification courses as electives for the doctoral program. Core courses include EDAD 620, EDAD 627 and EDAD 651.

View our handbook for more information.

ESC Region 10 Partnership

Offered exclusively for ISD employees from ESC Region 10, the A&M-Commerce Region 10 Superintendent Certification program is a collaborative partnership that provides Region 10 candidates seeking superintendent certification with an excellent, relevant and personalized education. Through our partnership, we have created an innovative and rich learning experience in a face-to-face setting. You will be engaged in meaningful experiences that will pique your intellectual curiosity.


Program Requirements

To gain admission to the Superintendent Certification program, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Hold a current Standard Principal, Mid-management or other Texas Administrator certificate
  • Provide evidence of three creditable years of managerial experience in a public school district as approved by TEA
  • Successfully complete the application submission process


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Note: Current educational administration doctoral students do not need to re-apply to the Graduate School. Please contact the department directly at Applicants who have not already applied to the Graduate School who are seeking superintendent certification only may follow the process below.

Submit Application

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Superintendent Certification” as your “Major.”

Domestic Application Fee 395064

  • Pay the $50 application fee.
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Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Submit the following documents to your graduate coordinator after you receive an application confirmation email.

Graduate Coordinator DeRene Sutton 395159

Your Graduate Coordinator

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Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to your graduate coordinator.

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accept evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact your graduate coordinator or more information.

Submit proof of current valid Principal Certification including standard principal, mid-management or other Texas administrator certificate.

Submit an educator service record including a minimum of three years of managerial experience in a Texas public school district.

Submit a signed FERPA form.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Once your application to the Graduate School is complete, you can submit your Superintendent Certification Program Application right away using TK20. If you have any questions, please email your professional certification coordinator.

Professional Certification Coordinator

Your Professional Certification Coordinator

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You will need to have the following documents ready for upload in order to submit the application:

  • Certification fee receipt
  • TEA Assessment fee receipt
  • Educator service record
    • A minimum of three years of managerial experience is required for admission to the superintendent certification program.
  • Standard Texas Principal, Mid-management or other Texas Administrative Certificate
    • Candidates on emergency permits, intern or probationary certificates will not be admitted.
    • An official letter from the Texas Education Agency recognizing your managerial experience as equivalent to a principal certificate will be accepted for this requirement. Directions for submitting this information can be found on the TEA website.
  • Official transcripts from the Graduate Office will be reviewed by the certification office.
    • Official transcripts from all institutions must be submitted to the Graduate School in order to satisfy TEA certification admission requirements.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.25 on a conferred master’s degree is required for admission.
  • Two written screening activities will be completed as part of the application in TK20. Please write your essay and answer the short-answer questions carefully, as these screening activities will be used in determining admission to the program.
If applicable:
  • TEA Transfers
    • If you have previously been admitted to another educator preparation program for superintendent certification.
    • Request that a completed TEA transfer form be sent from your previous program to your professional certification coordinator.
  • Transcripts from outside the United States
    • Contact your professional certification coordinator for any questions about TEA requirements for transcripts from outside the United States.
    • If your official transcripts are from institutions outside the United States and the country of origin is not exempt by TEA, send the following documentation to your professional certification coordinator:
      • A course-by-course evaluation from a TEA-approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service
      • Minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Please note that TOEFL scores are only valid for a period of two years. Required minimum scores are 24 for Speaking, 22 for Listening, 22 for Reading and 21 for Writing.
        • As of 3/4/2022, a valid standard Texas educator certificate will be accepted in lieu of TOEFL iBT scores.

  • Go to
  • Scroll down and click “Admissions”
  • Select “Click here to create your account.”
  • Complete the “Create Applicant Account” form.
  • Note: You will be creating a password for this account.
  • Store the password you create in a secure location so you can refer to it later.
  • After completing the “Create Applicant Account” form, TK20 will provide your username.
  • Store your TK20 username and password in a secure location so you can refer to them later.
    • You will use the username to log in to review your admission application once submitted.

  • Log into your TK20 account
    • Click on the “back to login” link.
    • Enter your username and password.
    • Click the green “Log Into Your Account” button.
  • Click on the “Create New Application” button.
  • Select “Superintendent” application
  • Click the “Next” button.
  • Complete the application.

  • Upload documents by clicking on the “+ Select File(s)” button for the item you are uploading.
  • Once you have completed all fields in the application, click the “Submit” button.
  • Look for an email from TK20 confirming your submission.

To check your application status:

  1. Log in to your TK20 Student Admissions account
  2. On the “Home” tab, locate your application under “Recent Messages”
  3. Click on the application.
  4. If you are admitted, the message will indicate your application was “Admitted”
  5. If you lack admission requirements, the message will indicate “Denied.”
    • Click on “Review Document” to view your deficiencies and reason(s) for denial.

Once accepted, please sign and return the “letter of invitation” to [email protected]

  • Apply for scholarships once you are admitted.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Note: This program is not eligible for Federal or State loans or grants.

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

Graduate Enrollment Specialist Audrey Weiss 395278

Your Graduate Enrollment Specialist

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