Superintendent's Certification Program
Superintendent's Certification Program
State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) Requirements
- Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
- Hold, at a minimum, a principal certificate or the equivalent (mid-management) issued under this title or by another state or country;
- Successfully complete an approved superintendent educator preparation program and be recommended for certification by that program;
- Successfully complete the required TExES exam (064 Superintendent and 064 Superintendent - District Profile Packet);
The Superintendent Certification Program consists of 15 semester hours of credit including the "superintendency" block. The superintendency block is a yearlong experience including an internship taken simultaneously with the course entitled “Superintendency.” These courses meet in a monthly seminar from August until May.The Superintendent's Certification program includes the following courses:
- EDAD 628 School District CEO Leadership: The Superintendency, and
- EDAD 611 School District CEO Leadership: The Internship adaptive core block courses;
- Plus four technical core courses:
- EDAD 620 School District Instructional Leadership: Human Resources
- EDAD 627 School District Organizational Leadership: Finance
- EDAD 651 School District Organizational Leadership: Facilities
The process for admission to the Superintendent's Certification program at Texas A&M University-Commerce should occur no later than 15 July for the cohort beginning in August of that year. The program begins in August with the first seminar for the superintendency block courses (EDAD 628 and EDAD 611). Students must be admitted into the certification program in order to be permitted to take the superintendency block courses (EDAD 628 and EDAD 611). Students admitted after the fall semester may take courses beginning in the spring, but will complete the superintendency block and the sequence of the other courses the following academic year. Students with mid-management/standard principal certification and those admitted into the doctoral program may take any of the certification program courses in the program.
The application packet must be completed and submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, 75429-3011 by July 15. The following items are to be included in the packet:
- Application form (Superintendent's Handbook).
- Complete, print, sign, & date Superintendent certification plan.
- Professional resume of leadership experience with a brief portfolio of scholarship or work products related to leadership experience.
- At least three (3) professional reference letters of recommendation including one from a current superintendent who will serve as the sponsor of the internship.
- A completed internship proposal including the signature form of the sponsoring superintendent; transcript(s) of all graduate course work (GPA for all graduate work must equal or exceed 3.25).
- Evidence of mid-management/standard principal certification.
- School Superintendent Certification Application.
- Processing fee for Superintendent Certification ($50.00, non-refundable check or money order payable to Texas A&M University-Commerce.)
- Please complete the Internship Application and submit with the above Application Packet. The Internship application will be required prior to beginning your internship.
Applicants Screening Process
The initial screening of applicants will be completed utilizing the material submitted with the application packet to determine whether or not the applicant meets the department’s eligibility criteria for admission to the Superintendent's Certification Program. Those selected from initial screening may be invited to interview with the Superintendent's Certification Committee before acceptance.
Applicants Notification of Acceptance
- Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program in a timely manner.
- Once accepted or simultaneously the student should apply to the Graduate School for admission to non-degree or degree status. This may be done on the Graduate School website.
- Any student who plans to enroll should contact the departmental secretary at 903-886-5520 to be permitted for superintendent program classes.