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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
AED 511The Superintendency.

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

AED 547Public School Finance.

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

AED 551School Asset / Capital Management.

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

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.

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.