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Program Overview

The fully online Superintendent Certificate Program was collaboratively developed by The University of Texas at Arlington and area school district personnel to ensure that program participants acquire the skills and background information needed to become practicing superintendents. This non-thesis certificate program (15 semester credit hours, 6 courses) is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for administrators who already have principal certification and a conferred master’s degree who want to advance in the K-12 education arena.

Why Choose UTA Online:

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icon As few as 2 semesters Program Duration
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icon As few as 2 semesters Program Duration
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Program Advantages:

  • Courses taught by active and retired superintendents
  • NCATE accredited
  • Committed professors who actively communicate with students
  • Program offers relevant field experience in district-level leadership
  • Students can complete the program in two long semesters (fall and spring or spring and fall).
  • Strong alumni network
  • No thesis

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information.

Certificate Information

Texas Residents

The Superintendent Certificate program is an approved educator preparation program in Texas. To be eligible to receive the Standard Superintendent Certificate, you must:

  • hold, at a minimum, a master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency, as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  • hold, at a minimum, a principal certificate or the equivalent issued under this title or by another state or country;
  • currently serve in an administrative position or have 2 years of administrative experience at building or district level;
  • successfully complete a Texas approved superintendent educator preparation program and be recommended for certification by that program; the program includes a supervised practicum in an accredited Texas public school or other school approved by the Texas Education Agency and be recommended for certification by that program;
  • satisfactorily complete an exam based on the Texas Standards Required for the Superintendent Certificate; and
  • any other Texas Education Agency (TEA), State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements, and Department requirements

Out-of-State Residents

Out-of-state students seeking certification in their home state must review the requirements for licensure with their home state education agency to determine if completion of the Superintendent Certificate at UTA will lead to licensure in their home state.

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Dr. Edwin Hood

"The Superintendent Certificate program] helped me have a different perspective. I understand the superintendent’s role more and the central office’s role more. … It gave me a different picture of education."

Dr. Edwin Hood Superintendent Certificate Program Graduate

Tuition

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education.

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$4,100 Total Tuition
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$819.99 Per Course*
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$273.33 Per Credit Hour

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Additional Tuition Information

All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

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Our Superintendent Certificate online program offers multiple start dates and is ideal for students who seek to balance a job, a family, an education, and a social life.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/14/2019 12/14/2018 12/14/2018 1/9/2019 1/11/2019 Spring
8/12/2019 7/12/2019 7/12/2019 8/7/2019 8/9/2019 Fall

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Admissions

The UTA College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Superintendent Certificate Online program. Find out the requirements for this online program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them below.

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Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of the Superintendent Certification program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

  • Certified Administrator in state of residence (if applicable)
  • Currently serving in an administrative position or 2 years of administrative experience at building or district level
  • Master's GPA of 3.75 or 3 professional recommendation letters if Master's GPA is under 3.75 but not lower than 3.0.
  • Other documents required for TEA reporting
  • As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following:
    • In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
    • If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
    • You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation. View more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation

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Courses

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information. Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements.

Students in this program must also purchase Tk20 as part of their course materials for a one-time non-refundable cost of $100 plus tax and fees. It may be purchased online.

Additional program fees include: $750 for three (3) field-based supervision/practicum observations during the program (three fees of $250 each) and a one-time $55 TEA technology processing fee for Texas certification seeking candidates.

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EDAD 6279: Superintendency Internship

Duration: Entire Semester  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course provides experiences in the various roles and responsibilities of a superintendent of schools under the direction of a school district mentor and a university supervisor. An internship project will be developed in consultation with public school and university personnel.

EDAD 6179: Superintendency Internship

Duration: Entire Semester  |  Credit Hours: 1

This course provides experiences in the various roles and responsibilities of a superintendent of schools under the direction of a school district mentor and a university supervisor. An internship project will be developed in consultation with public school and university personnel.

EDAD 6378: Advanced Curriculum and Program Assessment

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the processes of implementing district-wide curriculum, programs, and other innovations in school systems. Topics include: recent research on the implementation of change in curriculum and instruction, trends in education, strategic and contextual planning, program and student assessment and accountability, and national curriculum projects.

EDAD 6373: The Superintendency

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces candidates to the many facets of the superintendency with a focus on the challenges facing the superintendent today. Topics include: exercising collaborative leadership, developing a strong organizational culture, dealing with the politics of education, building strong superintendent-board relations, managing the problems of school reform, and planning. Instruction is problem-oriented and included field-based experiences.

EDAD 6371: Administration of Staff, Personnel & Advanced School Law

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on understanding the relationship between motivation and the management of human resources; articulate the basics of team management and group facilitation; identify proper procedures for recruiting, assignment, and inducting personnel; and recognize the legal requirement for suspension, transfer, reduction in force and dismissal of professional personnel.

EDAD 6374: Advanced School Business Administration

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course surveys the principles of public school finance at the local, state, and federal levels. It examines the school budgeting process, methods of school funds accounting and techniques of school business management from a district perspective.

*Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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