Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Certification Program Overview

Our online Superintendent Certification program is designed for principals and assistant principals who want to strengthen their skills as school leaders and promote the success of all students in their district. Students in this program will learn how to develop and maintain relationships with school boards and facilitate development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship in a school district through coursework and practicum.

This affordable 16-credit online certification program can be completed in as little as two semesters and is one of the only four-course programs in the state that maintains a practicum component throughout.

Practicum

Each course in this program empowers students to build relationships with district leaders through a 40-hour practicum component. This opportunity allows students to work closely with a mentor over a longer period of time and experience a broader set of cyclical, constant, planned, and unplanned responsibilities. This valuable experience enables our students to reflect and analyze their preparation and performance as they work to transition into a district-level administration role.

Texas Superintendent Certification

This program is an approved educator preparation program in Texas. The requirements for superintendent certification in Texas are provided below:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university
  • Valid principal certification
  • Successful completion of an approved superintendent educator preparation program
  • Completed superintendent certification application
  • Successful completion of the required exam

Accreditation and Awards

  • Nationally accredited by the prestigious Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Texas Education Agency - State approved/accreditation Accountability System for Educator Preparation (TEA/ASEP)
Core

Superintendent Practicum experiences are integrated into each course. The program includes more than 200 hours of field experiences applying the educational leadership skills required for district level leadership.

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDLD 6462 - District School Finance
8 weeks
4
This course is designed to acquaint students with principles, trends, and practices in financing public education, including sources of school revenue, taxation and fiscal policies specifically addressing the superintendency (field-based experience required). This course is required for graduate students who are working toward Superintendent certification and will examine the exemplary leadership standards for Texas Superintendents as expressed in the State Board for Educator Certification competencies.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Summer A 2023
EDLD 6464 - Educational Change and Design of Facilities
8 weeks
4
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the superintendent candidate to explore the application of leadership to school district facilities, safety, and the physical environment in which learning occurs. Organization and time management are critical to the success of any administrator, but especially for the superintendent. As you begin this course, read the entire syllabus and all of the modules. Review all materials and begin to plan the semester.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Summer B 2023
EDLD 6473 - Superintendency & the School Board
8 weeks
4
The purpose of this course is to examine school boards, the superintendency, and the relationship of each to the other. The course is hands-on, experiential, and reflective comparing some resources to personal experiences. At the end of this course, the superintendent will know how to respond to and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context, including working with the board of trustees to achieve the district's educational vision. (Field-based experience required). Admission to the superintendency certification program is a pre-requisite for this course. Students will be required to attend at least two school board meetings during this semester and should plan accordingly. This course is required for graduate students who are working toward Superintendent Certification and will examine the exemplary leadership standards for Texas Superintendents as expressed in the State Board for Educator Certification competencies. No course prerequisites exist, however, admission to Graduate Studies or having been granted an exception by the Office of Graduate Studies is required.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2022 Spring A 2023 Fall A 2023
EDLD 6475 - Education & Sociocultural Change
8 weeks
4
The purpose of this course is the study of social issues and their relationship to instruction and policy formation, including globalization, technological advancements, funding changes, cultural diversity, and ethical decision-making. The course will examine how superintendents can better understand the sociocultural context influencing and shaping district and campus policies and cultures. A practicum or practical application, a Professional Improvement Project (PIP) will be built into the course. We will work together to explore the multicontextual issues impacting today's superintendent and key educational leaders and the ethical challenges that abound in the profession. Organization and time management is critical to the success of any administrator, but especially for the superintendent. As you begin this course, read the entire syllabus and all of the modules. Review all materials and begin to plan the semester.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Spring B 2023 Fall B 2023

Admission Requirements

You must qualify for regular or conditional admission to graduate studies at UT Permian Basin to be admitted to this certificate program. Graduate studies admission requirements are below:

  • Applicant holds a master’s degree
  • Principal certification or waiver from TEA 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing the completion of bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • Overall GPA calculation of at least 2.50
  • Copy of service record
  • Essay that answers the following prompt:
    • What do you see as the role of an educational leader?
  • Slideshow or presentation that meets the following criteria: 
    • Prepare a presentation or slideshow addressing your awareness of the major areas of a superintendent’s responsibility and a self-awareness with respect to your personal mission and values. 
    • Identify two major areas of responsibility. Why are they important? Describe how you will address these responsibilities.
    • What draws you to the school leader’s role?
    • Articulate three words of non-negotiable values and why they are most important.
    • Offer a narrative reflection (written or voice-recorded) exploring the elements addressed above.       

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.*

*UT Permian Basin is waiving the application fee for this program through Fall 2022. To have your application fee waived, take the following steps: 

  • While completing your UT Permian Basin online application, select "Check or Money Order" when prompted to pay your application fee.
  • Submit your application and email the Graduate Studies Office at gradstudies@utpb.edu informing them of your submission.

If you have any questions regarding the admission requirements, please email badgett_k@utpb.edu.

Faculty Bios

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
College of Education
badgett_k@utpb.edu

Dr. Badgett joined the faculty of UT Permian Basin in August 2012 as an assistant professor of educational leadership. Dr. Badgett is also a certified school counselor and superintendent. Prior to coming to UT Permian Basin, Dr. Badgett served as an adjunct professor for University of Houston- Clear Lake as well as working in the Pasadena Independent School District.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
College of Education
hernandez_e@utpb.edu

Dr. Arzu is Garifuna and originally from Belize, Central America. Prior to relocating to Odessa in 2021, Dr. Arzu spent over 30 years serving the Belizean education system as an elementary teacher, secondary school principal, adjunct lecturer, co-facilitator for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and also Quality Assurance Officer at the University of Belize. While in Belize, she was a member of several professional organizations, including the Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (BAPSS), the Association of Principals of Government Secondary Schools (APGSS), and the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC). Since transitioning to UTPB, Dr. Arzu continues to serve only on COBEC. Her professional interests include issues pertaining to teachers and principal leadership and ensuring that programs are quality assured. Her personal interests include connecting to nature and her spiritual being.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
College of Education
uzat_r@utpb.edu

Dr. Uzat joined UT Permian Basin in January 2022 as a professor of educational leadership. He has worked as a district-level and high school administrator for thirteen years. Before joining UTPB, Dr. Uzat served as the Director of Special Projects at St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He has also compiled a 441-229 record over 26 seasons coaching high school basketball. He earned his PhD in educational leadership from The University of Southern Mississippi and his academic areas of specialization include organizational culture and change, crisis management, cost-benefit analysis, and TQM methods in education.

We’re pleased to offer program admission on a rolling basis.

Rolling admission refers to our process of accepting and evaluating applications as we receive them and moving any applications that miss the deadline to the next semester. However, if you want to enroll in courses for a specific semester, you will need to make note of the application deadlines found below. If you don’t complete your application and submit the required materials by the deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next semester. 

LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Summer A5/9/226/24/224/25/225/2/224/1/225/11/225/6/226/10/22
Summer B6/27/228/11/226/13/226/20/224/1/226/29/226/24/227/29/22
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Fall A8/29/2210/21/228/15/228/22/224/1/228/31/228/26/229/30/22
Fall B10/24/2212/16/2210/10/2210/17/224/1/2210/26/2210/21/2211/23/22
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Spring A1/9/233/3/2312/26/221/2/2311/1/221/11/231/6/232/9/23
Spring B3/13/235/5/232/27/233/6/2311/1/223/15/233/10/234/14/23
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