Graduate Certification Preparation

Superintendent Certification Preparation Courses

Admission to the Superintendent Certification Preparation Program

The educational leadership programs at A&M-Central Texas are designed to prepare effective education leaders. Requirements for the master’s degree (36 semester hours) and the post-master's Superintendent Certification Preparation Program (18 semester hours) are designed to support the continuing professional development of career-oriented educational leaders as knowledgeable and skilled decision makers capable of providing visionary leadership and supportive guidance to schools and school districts.

Typical Curriculum and Requirements for the Post-Master's Superintendent Certification Preparation Program

  1. Students must complete all requirements for admission to Graduate Studies listed in this university catalog.
  2. For admission to the Superintendent Certification Preparation Program, a student must submit a formal application to the Coordinator of M.Ed./Certification Programs.  This application serves as a basis for admittance to the program and for advising the student with regard to coursework and general graduate and certificate requirements. The application for admission to the post-master's Superintendent Certification Preparation Program requires that a student submit the following:
    1. three (3) letters of reference, one of which must be from the student’s current supervisor;
    2. a 500-word essay with artifacts concerning both experiences in fulfilling personal and professional leadership responsibilities and future career goals as an educational leader; and
    3. documentation of official teacher and principal certificates.

In addition, applicants may be required to successfully complete an assessment process that includes activities related to school and district leadership.

Admission to the program does not guarantee recommendation for certification. To be recommended for certification, students must meet all program requirements and satisfy the requirements for recommendation for certification.

Requirements for Superintendent Certification
EDLD 5317Public School Finance and Fiscal Management3
EDLD 5318Administrative Law and Personnel Administration3
EDLD 5319The School Superintendency3
EDLD 5335Educational Planning and Resource Development3
EDLD 5336Instructional Development and School Improvement3
EDLD 5391Superintendency Practicum3
Total Semester Credit Hours18

School Counselor Certification Preparation Courses

Required Courses
COUN 5352School Counseling Seminar3
COUN 5391School-Counseling Practicum I3
COUN 5392School-Counseling Practicum II3
COUN 5350Foundations of Counseling3
COUN 5351Career Counseling and Guidance3
COUN 5353Personality and Counseling Theory Application3
COUN 5354Group Procedure for Counselors3
COUN 5357Methods and Practices in Counseling3
COUN 5304Human Development3
COUN 5381Assessment and Evaluation Fundamentals3
COUN 5311Cultural, Minority and Gender Issues3
or EDUC 5302 Cultural Diversity in Schools and Community
CNSK, CPSK, or PSYK elective3
COUN 5090Comprehensive Examination0
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Course Information and Schedule

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