Superintendent’s Credential Certification

Superintendent’s Credential Certification

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Students must complete the 15 credit hours outlined below.  After completing the program courses and the practicum, the student must pass the superintendent credential exam (TExES) in order to be certified.  
Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Copy of Educator Certificate showing Principal Certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a superintendent or assistant superintendent.
  • Resume
  • A Personal Statement of Leadership and career aspirations.
  • A photocopy of the student’s Teacher Service Record.
  • Two years administrative experience
  • Personal Interview

Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.


  • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

Program Contact

Department Chair: Dr. Federico Guerra

Phone: (956) 665-7333

Office: Edinburg Campus, EEDUC 1.510A


Program Coordinator: Dr. Roberto Zamora

Phone: (956) 665-2943

Office: Edinburg Campus, EEDUC 1.626




Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


  • This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring and Summer I semesters.
  • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

Tuition Estimate

Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
Texas Resident $1,481.39 $3,894.17 $7,406.95
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $13,541.95

*We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

Course Requirements

Required Courses 15
EDUL 7312: Socio‐Political Problems of the Superintendent 3
EDUL 7313: Ethics and Decision Making 3
EDUL 7314: The Superintendent 3
EDUL 7315: Texas School Finance and Facilities Administration 3
EDUL 7398: Superintendent Practicum 3
Total hours required for completion: 15

Course Descriptions:

EDUL 7312: Socio‐Political Problems of the Superintendent               [3‐0]

The course examines the interrelationships of local districts with other political subdivisions through: a study of the impact of power structures upon local education; a review of the influence of professional and non‐professional organizations; a study of the influence of community power structures; an analysis of internal forces; and an analysis of board/superintendent governance issues on educational decision making. School Community relations are also emphasized. This course will require 20 clock hours of field based, internship, activities.

EDUL 7313: Ethics and Decision Making              [3‐0]

The course analyzes the decision making issues and dilemmas that confront the school superintendent in today's society. Students are immersed in the decision making process through the use and development of case studies and other simulations that demonstrate how the personal values and ethics of school leaders impact their decision making process. This course will require 20 clock hours of field based, internship, activities.

EDUL 7314: The Superintendent              [3‐0]

The course includes a comprehensive study of the complex role of the school superintendent. The course focuses on strategic planning, policy development, staff/superintendent/board relations, curriculum and instruction, legal issues, finance, budgeting, and problem solving and decision making in the day to day life of the superintendent. This course will require 20 clock hours of field based, internship, activities.

EDUL 7315: Texas School Finance and Facilities Administration              [3‐0]

The course examines the basic concepts of Texas School Finance including issues involving federal, state and local financial support of education, state financial systems, taxation, budgeting and fiscal management. The course also focuses on the finance of capital programs and includes the planning, maintaining and management of public school facilities; and the organizational management, leadership and decision making processes for effective and efficient finance and operations. This course will require 20 clock hours of field based, internship activities.

EDUL 7398: Superintendent Practicum              [3‐0]

The course offers the student, field based, on‐ the‐ job training experiences under the guidance and mentorship of a practicing school superintendent and his/her upper level leadership team; and the supervision of a member of the university faculty, preferably, one who has served as a superintendent. This course will require 160 clock hours of internship activities.

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