Superintendent Certification

Texas A&M University-Texarkana offers the Texas Education Agency Superintendent Certification to eligible candidates both on campus and at remote locations. The certification program consists of 12 semester credit hours that satisfies the State of Texas requirement for superintendent certification and focuses on the leadership domains established by the State Board of Educator Certification Superintendent Certification.  Students are prepared for the TExES examination for Superintendent Certification and they experience an internship that prepares them for the role of superintendent.  Texas A&M University-Texarkana offers this program fully online starting in Fall 2017 and has also partnered with the Region 8 Education Service Center to offer the Bill Ratliff Superintendent Certification Program.  Students who successfully complete the 12 semester credit hours superintendent certification may apply those courses to a doctoral program in Education Leadership.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the Superintendent Preparation Program
  • Minimum 3.50 GPA in graduate work
  • Copy of Mid-Management/Principal Certificate on file

Requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by the designated deadline of first semester of enrollment. Students must apply for certificate Program through the TK20 System.

Certification Requirements

Required Courses
EDLD 690Leadership of the Education Community3
EDLD 691Superintendent Internship3
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 Internship. 3 Hours.

Internship activities in all SBEC superintendent standards will be required unless determined unnecessary by the instructor based on the student's prior experiences. Internship sites shall include private business, local or state government and/or management, public schools, public school support institutions, non-profit organizations, and/or others as determined appropriate on an individual basis. Prerequisite: Program Director's approval.

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.