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Lead at The District Level

Our local ISDs need your insight. Now’s your chance to make a difference in the community. Become a respected leader in Texas school districts through our Superintendent Certification. Offered separately or combined with the Doctorate in Educational Administration, the 18-hour certification provides the skills needed to lead a school district. Work with our renowned faculty as you study school finance, facility planning, employee management and human resources. Complete a semester-long practicum where you’ll apply classroom theory to the school setting. Let us prepare you for the TExES examination and lead you towards success as a Superintendent.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online

1-1.5 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Superintendent Certificate :: Program


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

NOTE: You must hold a master’s degree with an overall 3.25 GPA or higher to be eligible for Superintendent Certification.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Apply to the Graduate School

Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  1. Select “Superintendent Certification” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Admission Packet

Review and complete the Superintendent Admissions Packet. You must include Appendix A-L in your application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Service Record

Submit the following:

Service Record showing at minimum 3 years of administrative experience


Submit one of the following:

  • Principal Certificate or
  • Mid-management Certification

Application Video

  • Complete an application video, focusing on leadership and the role of a superintendent. Submit this to Dr. Ray Thompson ([email protected])

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 2. Apply to Certification Office

Submit Documents

Prior to being fully admitted to the Principal Certification portion, you’ll need to apply to the Certificate Office. This is a separate application with separate fees.

To apply for the Certification Office, you must:

  • Complete and print the Professional Certification Program application
  • Print and sign the FERPA/Code of
  • Conduct requirements
  • Pay the $50 application fee via Marketplace
  • Pay the $35 TEA Assessment Fee via Marketplace
  • Submit a copy of a valid Texas Principal Certificate
  • Submit a copy of your Service Record

Please mail or email your packet to [email protected].

Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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