Our local ISDs need your insight. Now is your chance to make a difference in the community. Become a respected leader in Texas school districts through our Superintendent Certification. Offered separately or combined with the doctorate in educational administration, the 15-hour certification provides the skills needed to lead a school district. Work with our renowned faculty to study school finance, facility planning, employee management and human resources. Complete a semester-long practicum where you’ll apply classroom theory to the school setting. Let us prepare you for the TExES examination and lead you toward success as a superintendent.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 1-1.5 Years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours 15 Hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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Superintendent Program Requirements

Program Information

Our program begins in August and includes the superintendent block. The superintendent block is a four-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 have taken three technical core courses prior to taking the superintendent adaptive core block courses.

If you have mid-management or standard principal certification admission to our doctoral program, you may take three technical core certification courses without admission into the superintendent program. Also, you may take EDAD 620, EDAD 627, and EDAD 651 as electives in the doctoral program without approval.

Visit our handbook for more information.

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Admissions to this program must occur no later than July 1 for those who begin in August of that year.

NOTE: You must hold a master’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher, hold a current Principal Certification and have three years of managerial experience to be eligible for the Superintendent Certification program.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Apply to the Graduate School

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

Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

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

  1. Select “Superintendent Certification” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

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.

Step 2. Apply to Certification Office

Prior to being fully admitted to the Superintendent Certification program, you’ll need to apply to the Certificate Office. This is a separate application with separate fees.

To apply for the Certification Office, you must:

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

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.

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