Superintendent Certification

The Texas A&M University-Texarkana's Texas Superintendent Certification Preparation Program is aligned to the Texas Superintendent Standards and the Test Framework of the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) through four courses (12 SCH) and 20 additional hours of conferences and/or training approved by program faculty. The 160 practicum hours across both semesters must be completed in a Texas school district. The Superintendent Certification Program at A&M-Texarkana offers two delivery models:

1. Fully online program with comprehensive support for passing the Superintendent certification exam. New cohorts start each semester.

All courses are delivered fully online and can be completed in two semesters. Note: faculty will assist students in the online program, not living or working in Texas to find a suitable Texas district in which to complete the practicum. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathy Lease at or (903) 334-6686.

2. Texas A&M University – Texarkana is proud to be in a collaborative partnership with Region 8 Education Service Center for the Ratliff Academy for School Executives. 

Students in this program attend monthly seminars over four semesters held at Region 8 in Pittsburg, TX.  Applications are accepted each fall and the start date begins in late January. The Ratliff Academy prepares future school superintendents using innovative tools and a cohort model. For further information, please contact Jeff Clark at or (903) 640-6632. 

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the Superintendent Preparation Program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate work
  • Copy of Mid-Management/Principal Certificate on file

Requirements must be submitted for admission via application by the designated deadline of the first semester of enrollment.

Students must apply for the certificate Program through the TK20 System on the website.

Certification Requirements

Required Courses
EDLD 690Leadership of the Education Community3
EDLD 691Superintendent Leadership in Public Schools3
EDLD 694Instructional Leadership3
EDLD 698Administrative Leadership3
Total Hours Required12

Superintendent Certification Courses

EDLD 690. Leadership of the Education Community. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide prospective public school superintendents/CEOs and other executive leaders with the knowledge and skills incorporated in Domain I of the test framework for Texas Superintendent Standards - Leadership of the Educational Community. The competencies included with Domain I address: (1) acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner; (2) the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning; (3) communication and collaboration with families and community members, including mobilizing community resources; and (4) responding to the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context, including working with governance boards. The application of sound leadership principles developed in the business sector will be translated into effective strategies for the leadership of large governmental agencies. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program or instructor permission.

EDLD 691. Superintendent Leadership in Public Schools. 3 Hours.

Translating all Texas standards for superintendent certification into action is the focus of this experiential-based course. The course of study encompasses the culmination of the analysis, synthesis, and application of the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career as a Texas public school superintendent, assistant superintendent, or district administrator. The content of the course is designed into broad categories organized by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) proficiencies for the Texas Superintendent’s Certificate into three domains: leadership of the educational community, instructional leadership, and administrative leadership. Within the three domains, all eight of the educator standards for the superintendency are organized and further defined by competencies required to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful entry-level superintendent or district administrator. Participating in leadership projects, activities, discussions, interviews, and shadowing experiences provide a context for students to garner the knowledge and skills necessary for successful executives. Learning sites include private businesses, local or state government and/or management, Texas public schools, Texas public school support institutions, non-profit organizations, and/or others as determined appropriate on an individual basis. In order to experience the whole year’s cycle of skills and knowledge required of superintendents, the assignments and experiences are woven throughout all four courses in the Superintendent Certification Program. Students document their learning with an electronic portfolio and mastery of the Comprehensive Examination.

EDLD 694. Instructional Leadership. 3 Hours.

Leadership at the chief executive officer (CEO) level is the theme of this standards-based course. The application of strategic planning skills to enhance teaching and learning; to ensure alignment among curriculum, curriculum resources, and assessment; and to support the collection and use of multiple measures of success are promulgated through the requirements of this course. Emphasis is placed on skills designed to advocate, nurture, and sustain an instructional program and a culture that supports student learning and staff professional growth. Staff evaluation, improving staff performance, and effective models of supervision are emphasized. Prerequisite: Principal certification or Program Director's approval.

EDLD 698. Administrative Leadership. 3 Hours.

Public school finance at the superintendent level and the general operation of the business office and other peripheral support functions of a public school will be studied. Related topics include student food services, transportation, facility management, maintenance and construction, development and marketing of bond elections, human resource management, district level budget development and management, data managment/analysis, and safe schools. Technology based infrastructure that supports student, personnel, and financing management will also be evaluated. The application of organizational, decision-making and problem-solving skills to facilitate position in varied contexts. Prerequisite: Principal certification or Program Director's approval.

Department of Education Leadership Faculty

Kathy Lease, Ed.D., 903/334-6686

Rebeca Cooper, Ed.D., 903/334-3011

Adjunct Faculty

Jason Adams, Ed.D. Superintendent, Fairfield ISD

Kelly Burns, Ed.D, Superintendent, Redwater ISD

Robin Hickerson, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Texarkana Arkansas School District

James Henry Russell, Ed.D., former Superintendent, Texarkana ISD