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Education Leadership — Superintendent Certification

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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.

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

This certification program requires 15 hours to complete.

 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:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. James Koschoreck
Academic Services Building South (ASBS), Room 306

Advisor Support
Jacqueline Todd
Academic Services Building South (ASBS), Room 306

“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

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
Education building

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.

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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.

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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

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall No Admission No Admission
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I May 15 March 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*Summer 2022 applications are not being accepted at this time.

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Professional Certification Exam
You will be eligible to take the Texas Education Agency superintendent certificate exam upon successful completion of program requirements.

Financial Aid
This program does not qualify for financial aid.

Application 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.

Application Fee(s)

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

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • 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.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • 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.

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.

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

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

  Review important information about official test scores.