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Post-Master’s Degree Superintendent Certification

The superintendent certification program, a 15 semester hours certification-only program for individuals holding the master’s degree and principal certification who aspire to be district level leaders, is designed to prepare individuals for roles as chief administrative and executive officers in Texas public school districts through quality educational experiences that stimulate and encourage intellectual, personal, and professional growth and commitment to education and those served.
Admission to a Professional Teacher Certificate Program:

Professional teacher certificate programs, including the superintendent certification program, are open only to graduate students. Admission to a professional teacher certificate program is granted upon the recommendation of the head of the department in which the program is offered and the submission of a certificate plan approved by the University Teacher Certification Officer.

Students who are not seeking a master’s degree are not required to submit scores on the GRE or the GMAT. However, official transcript(s) that indicate the conferral of the highest degree and good standing at the last college attended are required.

Admission to the Superintendent Certification Program

Students will submit a formal program application to the College of Graduate Studies prior to enrollment in classes and be granted conditional admission.  Full admission is subsequently granted by Tarleton's Educator Preparation Council.  Prior to enrolling in the subsequent fall or spring semester after conditional admission, the participant must be granted full admission.  An applicant can apply for the program through the College of Graduate Studies webpage, http://www.tarleton.edu/graduate/future/forms/html.

Enrollment Deadlines

Spring Semester             1st 8 week session

Late Spring Semester      2nd 8 week session

Summer Semester          10 week session

Fall Semester                 1st 8 week session

Late Fall                        2nd 8 week session



Curriculum for Post-Master’s Superintendent Certification Program:

The successful participant will complete 15 semester credit hours at Tarleton in five interactive (face to face) sessions.

(1)  Communication

(2)  Human Resources

(3)  Resource Allocation

(4)  Leadership

(5)  Accountability

These sessions will be delivered in four different formats:

Online Delivery -utilizing Tarleton course delivery system, Blackboard, the participant will complete modules related to specific content as determined by the State of Texas (superintendent competencies) and a superintendent advisory committee.

Site-based Projects- course-related projects to be completed using local district data.

Simulations-activities related to competencies identified by the State of Texas and a superintendent advisory committee.

Field Experience-planned activities at the school district level designed to provide the participant with practicing school superintendents.  A minimum of 60 clock hours of field experience is required.

Note:  Participants will meet in interactive (face to face) sessions on five different occasions for a total of ten days.  These sessions are arranged adjacent to state-wide events scheduled by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).  At the interactive sessions, participants will meet with course instructors and with external personnel.  External personnel may include job search firms, lobbyists, prominent state policymakers, current school superintendents, and experts in budgeting, visioning, and leadership.

Transfer Work

Transfer work is not accepted in the superintendent certification program.

Costs

Participants pay a program fee of $5,000.  Two payments of $2,500 may be made- one prior to the first semester of enrollment, and the subsequent payment prior to enrolling in the second semester.  The program fee covers the costs of 15 semester credit hours from Tarleton, associated facility rental, guest lecturer honorariums, and faculty travel.  Participant books, resource materials, conference fees, and travel expenses are not part of the program fee and must be borne by the participant.

Recommendation for Certification

Recommendation for certification by Tarleton State University and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies will be forwarded to the State Board for Educator Certification only after the student has successfully completed:

  • the designated course of study and activities,
  • documentation of teacher and principal certification,
  • successful performance on the Superintendent Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES).

Students will be allowed to register for the TExES during the last semester of the course of study. Students who fail to register and take the TExES within 24 months after the date of completing the requirements listed must request permission from the Department Head prior to registering for the TExES. The Department Head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills delineated in the Standards for the Superintendent Certificate. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional coursework.

Students who fail to satisfactorily complete the TExES must receive permission from the Department Head prior to registering for a subsequent attempt on the TExES. The Department Head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills in delineated in the Standards for the Superintendent Certificate. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional coursework.