Superintendent Certification

The following certifications are available through our program and fully endorsed by the State Board of Educator Certification. Each Certificate requires successful completion of all respective coursework and a passing score on respective state examinations.

Superintendent Certificate, Non-degree Seeking Status

Texas Wesleyan University offers the Texas Superintendent Certificate coursework for qualified applicants. Students will enroll and successfully complete 15 hours of coursework including an internship (160 clock hours of documented work) mentored by a practicing superintendent or person in similar capacity. Internship placements should be secured primarily by the student. However, Texas Wesleyan University may offer additional support in finding appropriate internship placements.

To be eligible to receive the Texas Standard Superintendent Certificate, one must:

  • hold, at a minimum, a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • hold, at a minimum, a principal certificate or the equivalent issued under Texas or by another state or country;
  • successfully complete an approved superintendent educator preparation program and be recommended for certification by that program;
  • satisfactorily complete an exam based on the Standards Required for the Superintendent Certificate.

Admission to the Texas Wesleyan University Superintendent Certificate Program occurs during the fall, spring and/or summer semesters. To become admitted, an individual must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Must hold at minimum a master’s degree from regionally accredited institutions with a GPA of 3.2 or greater on a 4.0 scale;
  • Minimum GRE of 150 on verbal reasoning and 141 on quantitative reasoning within the last 5 years (or the equivalent scores on the former scale);
  • Minimum GRE score of 4 on analytical writing examination within the last 5 years. If the applicant does not score a 4 or better on the GRE written examination, the Committee will request candidate to complete a writing sample, administered on site, to assess candidate’s writing skills;
  • Three letters of recommendation showing that the applicant is motivated to achieve, has the capacity to contribute to the learning process and will bring real life experience to the program;
  • Interview: The interview does not assess specific content knowledge. Rather, it is designed to assess the use of correct English grammar and language construction, clarity of expression, depth of understanding of educational issues, analytical ability and the ability to communicate as required by the program.

Program Requirements

Superintendent Certificate

EDU 8321Educational Law and Policy

3 Credits

EDU 8323Supervision/Personnel/Instructional Pgm

3 Credits

EDU 8324Planning and Facilities

3 Credits

EDU 8326School Finance and Budgeting

3 Credits

EDU 8335Superintend & Internship

3 Credits

Principal Certification

To be recommended for certification through Texas Wesleyan University as an all-level principal, an individual must have a Master’s degree, have a valid teaching certificate, at least 2 years teaching experience, be accepted into and complete the prescribed course or study at Texas Wesleyan University, and pass the Principal State Exam (TExES 68). Refer to the Admission Requirements for further information regarding acceptance into this area of study.

Administration (18 hours)

 EDU 6315

 Instructional Leadership in Schools

 3 hours

 EDU 6316

 School Law Administration

 3 hours

 EDU 6317

 Administration in EC-12th Grade Curriculum 

 3 hours

 EDU 6319

 Principle Internship

 3 hours

 EDU 6362

 The Principalship

 3 hours

one of the following:

 EDU 6318

 Supervision and Professional Development at School Level 

 3 hours

 EDU 6342

 Special Populations and Programs

 3 hours

 EDU 6348

 Managing Campus Resources

 3 hours

Students admitted to the Texas Wesleyan University Ed.D. program may add Principal Certification courses to the Ed.D. degree program, provided specific qualifications are met, as listed above. Doctoral students who enroll in any Principal Certification course (EDU 6315, 6316, 6317, 6318, 6319, 6342, 6348, 6362) for Principal Certification will pay doctoral tuition and fees for these courses. These courses may be used as related elective hours for all concentrations in the Ed.D. program.