Stephen F. Austin State University

Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Preparation Cohort Program
Stephen F. Austin State University

How to apply

All forms and credentials must be submitted respectively to the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership and the Graduate School.

SFASU Superintendency Certification Program

Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Preparation Cohort Program Stephen F. Austin State University Graduate instruction is designed to assist professional, qualified persons to prepare for strong superintendent leadership roles. The Superintendent Certificate Program consists of 15 semester hours of courses. Twelve semester hours of this program can be used for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at SFA. Experiences are built upon the Texas Professional Standards for the Superintendency.

Applicants should possess:

Master's degree from an accredited college or university

Mid-Management or Principal Certification

Passing score on Mid-Management or Principal ExCET or TExES

Two years of teaching experience

Cohort Membership

The Superintendent Certificate Program is offered in a cohort design that precludes self-selection into any required course related to the program of study. All students granted admission to the program will be members of a cohort and are expected to complete all course work as a member of the cohort for which they were admitted. The student must reapply to Graduate School if the student wants to resume coursework after not taking courses the preceding fall or spring semester.


The fifteen (15) semester hour Superintendent Certificate Program consists of courses and experiences that are built upon the Texas Professional Standards for the Superintendency, developed by the State Board for Educator Certification in conjunction with a cross-section of community, business and school administrators. The Learner-Centered Curriculum focuses on:

1. Learner-Centered Values of Integrity, Fairness, and Ethics of Leadership

2. Learner-Centered Leadership and District Culture

3. Learner-Centered Communications and Community Relations

4. Learner-Centered Policy and Governance

5. Learner-Centered Curriculum Planning and Development

6. Learner-Centered Instructional Leadership and Management

7. Learner-Centered Human Resources Leadership for Staff Evaluations and Performance Through Staff Development 8.Learner-Centered Human Resources Leadership and Management

9. Learner-Centered Leadership and Management of Districts Physical Plant and Support Systems for Safe and Effective Learning Environment in Relation to Budget, Personnel, Resource Utilization, Financial Management and Technology 10.Learner-Centered Organizational Leadership and Management Multi-cultural educational experiences and technology skills will be an integrated part of each course. The following courses will be taken in the sequence listed.

AED 511 The Superintendency - The preparation and qualifications of the successful school superintendent and the duties, responsibilities, and problems of the school superintendent.

AED 547 Public School Finance - The principles of school finance, budgeting and accounting procedures and problems of local administration.

AED 551 School Asset/Capital Management - Operation, maintenance, utilization and management of physical plant, property records, inventory control, and school building programs.

AED 594 Superintendent Seminar - Study of the Superintendency from both a theoretical and field-based perspective. A series of culminating scenarios that connects research based leadership practices with recognized proficiencies of leadership achievement.

AED 596 Internship for the School Superintendent - Three semester hours of individual study. Designed to give on-the-job training under the guidance of successful, experienced, practicing public school administrators and members of the university staff. Mentors in the Field Students, public school administrators, and professors build professional learning communities through mentor practices. The collaboration connects course work and applied skills in the field.

Individuals interested in this program should contact:

Dr. Barbara Qualls

Stephen F. Austin State University

P. O. Box 13018, SFA Station

Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3018

Phone: 936-468-2908