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Superintendent Certification

The Superintendent Certification Program prepares practicing administrators for state certification in the Superintendency. The five courses offer a global overview of the Superintendent position in today’s public school environment covering the most relevant leadership and management functions of the role. This program not only qualifies the students for superintendent positions, but it also helps those students who do not necessarily aspire to the position to gain a better understanding of the inner-workings of school districts at the executive level.

Why a Superintendent Credential Certification at UTPA??...Below are just a few reasons...

  • Half (15) of the currently sitting superintendents in South Texas are products of the UTPA program.
  • More than half of the currently sitting assistant superintendents are products of the UTPA program.
  • Dr. Rene Gutierrez, a product of the program, was among the top five superintendents in the state as recognized by the Texas Association of School Boards.
  • All of the program faculty are former superintendents boasting upwards of 50 years in the position among them.

Students who possess the Principal Certificate and wish to continue further study, may pursue the Superintendent certificate. The following courses are required for Superintendent Certification:

EDUL 7312   Socio-Political Problems of the Superintendency
(Spring even numbered years)
EDUL 7314   The Superintendency
(Fall even numbered years)
EDUL 7316   Ethics and Decision Making in the Superintendency
(Spring odd numbered years)
EDUL 7315   Texas School Finance and Facilities Administration
(Fall odd numbered years)
EDUL 7319   Practicum

Review the Superintendent Certification Program Handbook for detailed information.

Time to Degree: 2 years

Program Specializations: Executive leadership and management preparation specific to the superintendent and other upper administration roles.

Program Director:
Dr. Miguel de los Santos
Program Director
(956) 665-3478

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