Stephen F. Austin State University

Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Certification

The graduate instruction in the superintendent preparation cohort program at SFA is designed to assist professional, qualified persons in preparing for strong superintendent leadership roles. The Superintendent Certification 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 on the Texas Professional Standards for the Superintendency.

Master's degree from an accredited college or university
Midmanagement or principal certification
Passing score on midmanagement or principal ExCET or TExES
Two years of teaching experience

Cohort Membership
The Superintendent Certification 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 coursework 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 15-semester-hour Superintendent Certification Program consists of courses and experiences that are built on the Texas Professional Standards for the Superintendency, which have been developed by the State Board for Educator Certification 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 district's 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

Multicultural educational experiences and technology skills will be an integrated part of each course. The following courses will be taken in the sequence listed.

EDLE 6311 The Superintendency - The preparation and qualifications of the successful school superintendent and the duties, responsibilities and problems of the school superintendent.

EDLE 6347 Public School Finance and Business Administration - The principles of school finance, budgeting and accounting procedures and problems of local administration.

EDLE 6351 School Asset/Capital Management - Operation, maintenance, utilization and management of physical plant, property records, inventory control and school building programs.

EDLE 6394 Superintendency 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.

EDLE 6396 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, public school administrators and professors build professional learning communities through mentor practices. This collaboration connects coursework and applied skills in the field.

Individuals interested in this program should contact:
Dr. Barbara Qualls
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3018
Phone: 936-468-6478

Information for Current Students

Important Dates and Deadlines

The Registrar's Office maintains a listing of important dates including graduation application deadline, final exam schedule, etc.

Remember: Check the D2L course calendar in each course you are taking for other important dates.

Practicum and Mentor Information
  • What are the requirements for a mentor:
    • appropriate active certification
    • 3 years principal or supervision experience
    • currently hold position
    • on contract during the time practicum hours are verified
  • When to secure agreement with mentor?
    • Principal: EDLE 5316
    • Superintendent: EDLE 6394
  • What are the requirements for the Coordinator Practicum:
    • 160 documented hours for both Principal and Superintendent
    • Principal: EDLE 5316, 5365, 5319, 5349, 5352 require 15 hours in each course, then 85 hours in AED 554
    • Superintendent: EDLE 6394 requires 40 hours, EDLE 6396 requires 120
    • Check the Mentor and Practicum Information in each course for specific requirements
Financial and Tuition Information

The tuition reduction program is for the M.Ed. Leadership degree and Principal Certification Program, not for the Superintendent Certification Program.

Nonpayment can keep you from being able to register and can remove you from classes you have already registered for but have not paid for.

All questions, protests and appeals concerning billing and tuition must be processed in the appropriate business office: Registrar, Financial Aid, Educator Preparation Program and so on. No financial decisions are made in the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership, and no financial issues can be resolved there.

Registering for Classes

Your tracking form that is created at the time of admission determines the order of courses and automatically permits you for next classes, as you complete a semester.

You must request and receive permission to change the order or semester in which a class is listed on the tracking form

Academic holds may be lifted. Contact the coordinator for more information. Financial holds must be resolved with the appropriate business office.

At this time, there are no pre-requisites in place. The Tracking form (which functions much like a degree plan) determines your courses. However, we may change the process so that a system of pre-requisites replaces the need for an ordered degree plan.

Beginning in Fall 2019, candidates are expected to enroll in EDLE 5154 with or without a passing score on the 268 Principal as Instructional Leader Exam. There will no longer be a pre-requisite for passing the exam prior to registering for EDLE 5154. If your course content material conflicts with this statement, it is because the content has not yet been updated.

Certification Process
  • In order to be certified as Principal:
    • Complete all required coursework
    • Obtain 160 verified hours of practicum activity
    • Pass 268 exam
    • TEA approval of PASL
  • In order to be certified as Superintendent:
    • Complete all required coursework
    • Obtain 160 verified hours of practicum activity
    • Pass 195 exam
  • Testing process
    • When to test: Principal during second/third semester (near completion of EDLE 5319 and 5349), Superintendent during EDLE 6394
    • How to register: [clearance instructions + Pearson link]
    • How to prepare: SFA review, CertifyTeacher, TEA links PASL
    • First availability for submission of PASL is Fall 2019
    • Link to TEA webpage
Contact Information
  • - 936.468.6478
  • Program-level questions about admission, graduation, requirements, mentor, etc.
  • Course-level questions must be directed to specific professor