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The James I. Perkins College of Education

Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership:
Superintendent Certification

The Superintendent’s Certificate is offered in a non-degree program and requires 15 semester hours of coursework. Candidates must hold a master’s degree in education and successfully passed the principal state examination prior to admission to the superintendent program.

Superintendent Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Mid-Management or Principal Certification
  • Passing score on Mid-Management or Principal TExES Examination
  • A composite score of minimum 800 on the verbal and quantitative section of the GRE with scores of at least 300 on each section
  • Three years of teaching experience

Mail the completed application packet to:

Dr. Pauline Sampson
Superintendent Program Coordinator
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13018, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3018

Course Requirements

The following courses will be taken in the sequence listed:

School Administration
CourseTitleCredits
AED 511The Superintendency.

The preparation and qualifications of the successful school superintendent and the duties, responsibilities and problems of the school superintendent.

3
AED 547Public School Finance.

The principles of school finance, budgeting and accounting procedures and problems of local administration.

3
AED 551School Asset / Capital Management.

Operation, maintenance, utilization and management of physical plant, property records, inventory control, and school building programs.

3
AED 594Superintendent Seminar.

Study of the superintendency from both a theoretical and field-based perspective. A series of culminating scenarios that connects research-based leadership practices with recognized proficiencies of leadership achievement.

3
AED 596Internship for the School Superintendent.

Three semester hours of individual study. Designed to give on-the-job training under the guidance of successful, experienced, practicing public school administrators and members of the university staff.

3