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Superintendent Certification Program

Education Leadership Admissions Standards and Rubric

 Superintendent Certification Only

Per state law, this option exists only for students who already have a master’s degree and principal certification.

The application process for the A&M-Texarkana Superintendent administrator certification program also involves a hierarchical process. The rubric used for assessing the applicant’s predicted success in post-Master’s level work is provided in Table 2. All applicants will be required to complete and submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Graduate application and processing fee ($30 for US citizens/permanent residents; $50 for international applicants) via https://www.applyweb.com/texasamu/index.ftl.
  • Official TOEFL scores taken within the last two years (international students only)
  • Official service records to show experience in a work environment where education is the primary professional emphasis (e.g., teaching, Leadership, school counseling, curriculum development in elementary, secondary, postsecondary, governmental, or private industry settings).
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended by the applicant providing evidence of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and Principal Certification courses if not done as part of the Master's degree.  It is preferable that the Master’s degree be in some form of Education.
  • Principal certification and teacher certification are required in most cases.

At the same time that you apply to graduate studies, please apply to the certification program through our Tk20 System (https://tamut.tk20.com)  This application is free, and does not require you to pay any additional fees.

Candidates who are not admitted to the certification program at the time of admission to the graduate program will not be given TExES test approval or be recommended for certification.

To be admitted, candidates must apply through Tk20, receive an offer of admission, and formally accept following the instructions in their offer of admission.

 Applicant Screening

To ensure a structured, objective approach in analyzing applicants in a fair and unbiased manner, a value rubric will be used to assess each applicant’s likelihood of being successful in the post-Master’s program.

Table 2

Superintendent Certification Applicant Assessment Rubric

Application Packet/Document Review







Graduate GPA from Official Transcripts

GPA Below 3.20

GPA 3.21 – 3.24

GPA 3.25- 3.4

GPA 3.5 - 3.74

GPA 3.75 - 4.0

Official Service Records Showing an Educational Background

Works in a school but not as a certified professional (e.g., Central Office Administration)

Works in a school as a classroom teacher for fewer than five years and holds building level administrator certification.

Works in a school as a classroom teacher and/or in specialized position (e.g.,-counseling, librarian, etc.) for more than five years and holds building level administrator certification.

Holds building level administrator certification and works as an assistant principal, principal or dean of students (or some other administrative position.)

Holds teacher and administrator certification and works in a district level capacity.

Texas A&M University – Texarkana is proud to be in collaborative partnership with Region 8 for the superintendents’ program. The renowned Radliff Academy prepares future school superintendents using innovative tools and a cohort model. For further information, please contact Dr. Kathy Lease at klease@tamut.edu or calling 903-334-6686.

Texarkana Superintendent Program Summary

The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Texas Superintendent Certification Preparation Program is aligned to the Texas Superintendent Standards and the Test Framework of the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) through five courses (15 SCH) -four content courses and an internship course.  All courses are delivered fully online, and the 160 hour internship must be completed in a Texas school district.  [Note:  Faculty will assist students not living or working in Texas to find a suitable Texas district in which to conduct his/her internship.]

The program can be completed in a calendar year, with a new cohort beginning each fall semester and completing the following summer.  The schedule of courses is provided below:

  • Fall Semester:
    • EDLD 690 Executive Leadership
    • EDLD 694 Curriculum Management
  • Spring Semester:
    • EDLD 689 Administrative Leadership
    • EDLD 691 Superintendent Internship (extended through the 10 week Summer term)
  • Summer Semester:
    • EDLD 696 Governance and Politics
    • EDLD 691 Superintendent Internship (continued)

After the successful completion of all coursework and passing the comprehensive program examination, students are eligible to sit for the Texas Superintendent TExES (195) examination.

Please note: Beginning January 2016, students are allowed a maximum of five attempts to pass the Principal and Superintendent certification exams. While the ETS Eligibility web service does not send test approval for a test after an educator has reached or exceeded the exam limit of 5 attempts for that test, the exam registration system may not prevent a person from registering. If a person passes on the sixth attempt, that person will need to request a waiver form TEA, not the university, for the attempt to count for certification.

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