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Post-Master's Degree Superintendent Certification

Estimated Completion

15 credit hours, 18 months

Application Process

Our program application process includes several steps, which you must complete in order to be considered for the program. View the full application process.

Cost

Overview

The superintendent certification program is a certification-only program for individuals holding a master's degree and principal certification who aspire to be district level leaders, designed to prepare district level leaders such as chief administrative and executive officers in Texas public school districts via an executive-style model. The model combines online learning with interactive face-to-face sessions that coincide with statewide events scheduled by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).

Delivery

Online delivery: utilizing Tarleton course delivery system, Blackboard, you 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 you with practicing school superintendents. A minimum of 60 clock hours of field experience is required.

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:

  • Designated course of study and activities
  • Documentation of teacher and principal certification,
  • Successful performance on the Superintendent Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES).

Student regulations for recommendation of Certification.

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies to be granted conditional admission (new Tarleton graduates students only)
  2. Submit Superintendent Certification Program Application
  3. Submit Addendum to Superintendent Certification Program Application

Prior to enrolling in the subsequent fall or spring semester after conditional admission, you must be granted full admission by Tarleton's Educator Preparation Council and pay the required program fee.

Note: Certification is for Texas Residents Only.

Application Deadline
Semester (session) Deadline Date
Spring (1st 8 week session) Nov 1
Late Spring (2nd 8 week session) Feb 1
Summer April 1
Fall (1st 8 week session) July 1
Late Fall (2nd 8 week session) Sept 1

All program applicants should mail their completed applications to the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the following address:

Tarleton State University
Attn: Superintendent Certification Program Applications
Box T-0790
Stephenville, TX 76402

Curriculum

Students will complete 15 semester credit hours at Tarleton in five interactive (face-to-face) sessions and corresponding online sessions for a total of ten face-to-face class meetings.

  • Superintendent Leadership and Communication
  • Superintendent Leadership and Human Resources
  • Superintendent Leadership and Resource Allocation
  • Superintendent Leadership and Accountability
  • Superintendent Practicum

These sessions are arranged adjacent to statewide 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.

1The 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 paid additionally by you.