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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Superintendent Certification

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies  |   Professional Certification

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Purpose of Program

Students of UTSA's 15-hour superintendent certification program are exposed to the duties and responsibilities required of central office staff and senior administrative positions, including that of superintendent. Coursework includes emphasis on the function, relationships, and changing dynamics of the central office leadership position, with special attention given to applying theory to practice. Our faculty includes both current and former central office administrators and board members, and brings real-world experience and practical knowledge to the classroom. Top quality preparation, mentoring, and immersion experiences give our graduates the tools needed to succeed in district leadership positions. 

UTSA's Certification program has a rich tradition of preparing outstanding district superintendents and central-office leaders: 

  • Ten program graduates hold superintendent positions in school districts in Texas and beyond, with many others holding deputy superintendent or other key central office positions (2016)
  • School districts led by UTSA program graduates have won district level HEB Excellence in Education Awards (Harlandale ISD, 2011; Lytle ISD, 2012; and Somerset ISD, 2016)

Program Options

The program (15 semester credit hours) is offered through a series of three-hour classes beginning in the fall semester and completing in the spring. Classes are held on Saturdays and divided between in-class meetings (slightly more than half of course time) and virtual, web-enhanced training. Program students who subsequently gain admission to the UTSA doctoral program in educational leadership may apply 9 of the 15 hours to the doctoral degree.

Coursework Fall Semester (8 semester credit hours):

  • EDL 6503(Supt. Seminar): Policy & Governance of the Educational Community
  • EDL 6503(Supt. Seminar): Instructional Leadership
  • EDL 6942(Practicum in Educational Administration)

Coursework Spring Semester (7 semester credit hours)

  • EDL 6503(Supt. Seminar): Organizational Leadership & Management
  • EDL 6503(Supt. Seminar): Human Resource Leadership
  • EDL 6941(Practicum in Educational Administration)

**No coursework is required during summer.  TExES review sessions and materials are provided at no cost to UTSA students.

Career Opportunities

K-12 central office administration/leadership positions

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Applicant must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended documenting proof of a master's degree (from accredited institution) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in last 30 hours of coursework
  • Completion of mid-management or principal certification
  • A resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating leadership experience in an educational environment

** Only applications certified as complete by the Graduate School will be considered.  For additional requirements to complete application, special or conditional admission, or admission assistance, please visit the graduate school website at graduateschool.utsa.edu

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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Financial Aid & Scholarships

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UTSA Graduate School

Send all USPS mail (transcripts, etc.) to:

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Attn: The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

College of Education and Human Development

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249