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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 www.ApplyTexas.org
  • 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.

 Applicant Screening

To ensure a structured, objective approach to analyze 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

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 a Educational Background

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

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

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

Holds building level administrator certification and is working as an assistant principal, principal or dean of students (or some other administratoin 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, contact Dr. Rosanne Stripling at rstripling@tamut.edu or 903-334-6686.

Texarkana Superintendent Program Summary

The Superintendent Certification only program admits students every Fall semester and completes in the Spring semester of the same school year.  Six hours of coursework is taken each semester for a total of 12 semester credit hours. This program is delivered online.  The courses are taken as a cohort, meaning all students take the same six hours in each semester. The course rotation is:

  • Fall Semester:
    • EDLD 691: Policy and Community
    • EDLD 694: Instructional Leadership
  • Spring Semester
    • EDLD 698: Administrative Leadership
    • EDLD 690: Superintendent Internship

After the successful completion of the course work and passing a final exam students are eligible to sit for the Superintendent TExES exam.

Please note: Beginning January 2016, students are allowed a maximum of five attempts to pass the Principal and Superintendent certification exams. Students who have taken one of these exams and not passed prior to January 2016 can count all of the attempts prior to January 2016 as one attempt. While the ETS Eligibility web service does not send test approval for a test after an educator has reached or exceeded the exam limite of 5 attempts for that test, the exam registratoin 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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