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How You Can Earn Superintendent Certification Online

The CEO of a school district is its superintendent. It is a leadership role that includes wearing many hats, including, among other things, liaison to the Board of Education, supervisor of all leadership personnel in the district, finance and daily operations manager, advocate for the needs of the district, and representative of the staff, students, and schools throughout the community. As the one most responsible for the district's successes and failures, "it takes an exceptional person with a unique skill set to be an effective school superintendent," according to superintendent of Jennings Public Schools in Oologah, Oklahoma, Derrick Meador.

Being responsible for the administrative management of the district as well as shaping the educational system and having a positive impact on student learning outcomes requires dedication, experience, and specialized training.

UTA Online Superintendent Certification Program

The University of Texas at Arlington offers a fully online program for obtaining superintendent certification. UTA has worked collaboratively with area school district personnel to ensure that the program prepares candidates with the skills and background information needed to become an effective superintendent. The NCATE-accredited (now known as CAEP) program, fully aligned with Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards, is designed for administrators who want to advance their careers in educational leadership. If you have principal certification and a master's degree, this may be the right advanced education degree program for you.

UTA's online program provides the flexibility that busy educators need to obtain certification while working full time. With multiple start dates, the Superintendent Certification online program can be completed in as few as two semesters. In addition, this non-thesis program is taught by active and retired superintendents, offers relevant field experience in district-level leadership, and has a strong alumni network.

This comprehensive certification program consists of six courses and 15 semester credit hours. Courses include Advanced Curriculum and Program Assessment, The Superintendency, Administration of Staff, Personnel & Advanced School Law, and Advanced School Business Administration, as well as two internship courses which provide experience under the direction of a school district mentor and a university supervisor.

If you have decided that receiving the Standard Superintendent Certificate in Texas is the right career move for you, these are the requirements for Texas residents, quoted from the UTA program web page:  

  • A master's degree from an institution of higher education that holds accreditation as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • A principal certificate or the equivalent issued under this title or by another state or country
  • Current service in an administrative position or two years of administrative experience at building or district level
  • Successful completion of a Texas-approved superintendent educator preparation program with recommendation for certification by that program. The program should include a supervised practicum in an accredited Texas public school or other school approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • Satisfactory completion of an exam based on Texas standards for Superintendent Certification
  • Any other TEA, State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements, and Department requirements

If you are an out-of-state resident, check with your home state education agency in order to make sure that the Superintendent Certification program at UTA includes all the requirements for licensure where you live.

Learn more about the UTA online Superintendent Certification program.


Sources:

ThoughtCo: Examining the Role of an Effective School Superintendent

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