LEAD AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL
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.
Superintendent Program Requirements
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.
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.
Course requirements Superintendent
Through visionary, collaborative, ethical, and political leadership the candidates for superintendency will develop the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students as the School District CEO. In addition, candidates will gain an understanding of the Texas Leadership Standards by focusing on real world issues and tasks, scenarios, and case studies.
The practicum is the process and product that results from applying the knowledge and skills defined by the six National Standards for School District Leadership and the State Competencies for the Standard Superintendent Certificate. Candidates for School District Leadership will participate in planned activities during the Superintendent Practicum. Application of standards-based knowledge and skills and research in real settings over time is the critical aspect of the practicum.
This is an integrated School District Instructional Leadership course to develop candidates who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff. The course includes school district policy (legal and local) as well as key legal cases related to human resource issues.
Superintendent Certificate :: Program
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 your application through ApplyTexas.
- 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.”
- 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
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.
- View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
- View the Schedule of Classes.
- To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.
Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.