Professional Certification (Superintendent)

CERT Superintendent Certification (Professional Cert.)

The program prepares district-level leaders to create and lead the schools we need.
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Program Overview

The Texas State University superintendent certification program prepares educators to serve as school district superintendents and in other central office leadership positions. The program offers courses taught by experienced superintendents, central office leaders and university faculty and provides an exceptional opportunity to build professional networks.

This certification program requires 15 hours to complete.

Course Work

The program consists of:

  • 15 semester hours of graduate course work that may be completed in one year
  • collaborative instruction by experienced university faculty and district administrators
  • course content aligned with state and national standards for district level leadership
  • a flexible schedule of monthly seminars combined with online learning
  • a field-based internship during the fall and spring semesters
  • preparation for the TExES examination, which students must pass for full certification

What Our Alumni Say

“Not only did the program provide valuable knowledge I needed to be a superintendent, it also provided me an opportunity to gain lifelong friendships. It was an excellent experience that still benefits me today.ˮ

— Dr. Kevin Brown, Executive Director, the Texas Association of School Administrators, former Superintendent, Alamo Heights Independent School District

Program Details

The Texas State program is aligned with state and national standards and is recognized for creating equity-oriented district level leaders.

Program Mission

In today's complicated and evolving educational environment, superintendents and central office leaders are challenged to develop high-quality school systems that create success for all students. In order to improve entire systems, administrators must understand how to work with their schools and communities. The Texas State University superintendent certification program prepares educators to succeed in the current educational environment and to lead the transformation of policy and practice to create the schools we need in every community.

Career Options

The Texas State superintendent certification program prepares educators to serve as school district superintendents or in other central office leadership positions such as:

  • chief academic officer
  • associate superintendent
  • director of human resources
  • director of operations
  • director of professional learning
  • director of student services

Program Faculty

Program instructors are experienced public school administrators. This practical background enables the professors to demonstrate to students the manner by which ideas, techniques and policy studies may be applied in a school setting. The faculty is actively engaged in professional organizations at state and national levels. They also serve as consultants to numerous school districts in personnel searches, facility studies, curriculum projects, staff development and professional organization accreditation studies.

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Rose Pena
rp53385@txstate.edu
​512.245.2241
Academic Services Building South (ASBS), Room 306

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Adolph Vega
adolph_vega@txstate.edu
(512) 245-9909
Academic Services Building South (ASBS), Room 306

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Application Deadlines

Deadlines*U.S. CitizenInternational
Deadlines*
Summer I
U.S. Citizen
May 15
International
March 15

*This program’s deadline is flexible for those not requiring an F/J visa. A flexible deadline means applications received after the standard deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $35 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission)
      and either
    • $20 nonrefundable application fee
      OR
    • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

    Review important information about application fees.

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • master's degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a U.S. Master’s degree. Master’s degrees following a three-year Bachelor’s degrees may not be equivalent; please contact Graduate Admissions if you are unsure.)
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 2.75 GPA on your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work

    Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

    Effective Fall 2024

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • master's degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a U.S. Master’s degree. Master’s degrees following a three-year Bachelor’s degrees may not be equivalent; please contact gradcollege@txsate.edu if you are unsure.)
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • a 2.75 overall GPA or 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • GRE Scores

    • GRE not required

    TOEFL Scores*

    Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or one of the exempt countries found on the TEA standards and Texas State University standards.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
      • 22 listening
      • 22 reading
      • 24 speaking
      • 21 writing

    *Exceptions are made for students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution of higher education in India. These students must meet the following requirements:

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • official Duolingo scores required with a 110 overall
    • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall
    • Review important information about official test scores.
    • This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    Review important information about official test scores.

    • copy of official teaching certificate documenting initial teaching certification
    • copy of official principal certificate*
    • copy of official teaching record documenting at least one year's teaching experience

    *The program will also accept the equivalent of a principal certificate issued by another state or country or the completion of the superintendent certificate application and approval from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to substitute three years’ managerial experience in lieu of a principal certificate.

    Review important information about documents.

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