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Online Superintendent Certification Program

Now Accepting Applications!

The Superintendent Certification is a completely online 17-semester-hour program that requires a) holding a Standard Principal, Mid-Management, or other Texas Administrator Certification, or three creditable years of managerial experience in a public school district; b) completion of the specified course sequence within six years; and c) satisfactory performance on the appropriate TExES exam. TExES Certification scores are an important factor in content mastery. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the superintendent candidates passed the Superintendent TExES Certification Exam.

Marketable Skills:

The student will have the following marketable skills:

  • Commitment to activity with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  • Establish and support an organization’s culture that promotes learning, high expectations, and academic rigor
  • Facilitating the development and implementation of a shared vision
  • Institute and monitor planning processes
  • Facilitate the use and allocation of resources
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive plans
  • Leadership
  • Knowledge of legal issues in education
  • Develop and implement communication plan
  • Establish partnerships
  • Effective use of media to enhance and promote organization
  • Effective and forceful writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Management techniques
  • Curriculum development
  • Knowledge and application of motivational theories
  • Institute a comprehensive plan
  • Holding high expectations for students and self
  • Classroom management
  • Ethical conduct toward students and professional colleagues
  • Ethical conduct, practices, and performance
  • Detection and education of students with dyslexia
  • Instruction regarding mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide
  • Knowledge and implementation skills for Texas Knowledge and Skills and English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Sense making: the ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.
  • Social intelligence: the ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.
  • Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.
  • Cross-cultural competency: The ability to operate in different cultural settings.
  • Computational thinking: The ability to translate vast amounts of data into concepts and to understand data-based reasoning.
  • Transdisciplinary. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.
  • Data-informed decision making
  • Critical thinking
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Advocacy for others
  • Collaboration with others

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Superintendent Certificate program, a prospective student must:

  • Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Provide evidence of holding a Standard Principal, Mid-management, or other Texas Administrator Certificate; or three creditable years of managerial experience in a public school district.
  • Complete the application submission process.

Application Submission Process:


  • Complete the application for admission to a graduate program.  Your program must be the Superintendent Program to be eligible for scholarships.


  • Send all of the following documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below:
    • Official transcripts from the institution that awarded bachelor's and master's degrees
    • Copy of your Standard Principal, Midmanagement or other Texas administrator certificate.
    • Copy of your complete teaching service record from all districts (Can be obtained from each district Human Resources office).

The Office of Graduate Admissions, STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

You may also email documents to ogs@uttyler.edu


When all materials have been received and processed and admission criteria met, you will receive an offer of admission.

Note: This program does not offer provisional admission. You must be fully admitted to begin coursework.

Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

    1. In order to receive a superintendent certification, you must pass a criminal history background check.
    2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for a superintendent, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
    3. You have a right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency.  The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information, see Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.

Program Cost:

Total program tuition costs approximately $5,369 based on the 2019-2020 tuition schedule.

Superintendent Certification Program (17 hours):

Course Number

Course Title

EDLR 5350

Personnel Administration

EDLR 5360

School Superintendent

EDLR 5453

Public School Finance

EDLR 5458

School Facilities

EDLR 5375

Practicum in the Superintendency (Fall and Spring semester only)

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