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Program Certificate in Superintendent Education online


This online certificate program is designed to prepare students with a principal or mid-management level certification for the state superintendent certification exam.

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In this highly interactive Certificate in Superintendent Education online program, designed to maximize opportunities for productive participation, you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful superintendent.

icon $4,950* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 9 months Program Duration
icon 18 Credit Hours
icon $4,950* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 9 months Program Duration
icon 18 Credit Hours

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With instruction from experienced superintendents, you will develop a professional portfolio and gain hands-on experience in district-level administration roles. Each course includes field-based experiences, problem based learning and action research, and instruction is based on best practices in online education.

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$4,950 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.


The Program Certificate in Superintendent Education offers multiple start dates and is ideal for students who seek to balance a job, a family, an education, and a social life.

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 12/19/2019 1/16/2020 2/24/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/4/2020 5/28/2020 7/6/2020

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Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.


Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


Principal Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued principal or mid-management certificate.


Master's Degree

This program is designed for educators who hold a master's degree and have at least two years of practical administrative experience.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.

Applicants for Superintendent Certification must meet the following criteria:

  • Master's Degree
  • Teaching Experience: Must have two years of teaching experience in public or accredited private schools and a Texas teaching certificate to be eligible for Texas Principal Certification.
  • Administrative Experience: Must have two years administrative experience (copy of service record)
  • Certification: Must hold a valid Principal or Mid-Management certificate

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


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*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.


Students are required to complete 18 hours of coursework in the Program Certificate in Superintendent Education online program. Course content is aligned with the SBEC Superintendent Competencies. Courses are offered on a rotational basis.

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EDLD 5311: Fundamentals of Leadership

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the relationships between and among human behavior, belief systems and administrative style.

EDLD 5396: Internship A

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The Superintendent Internship/Practicum provides the opportunity to integrate current, relevant, research with best practices for successful school district leadership. A site supervisor and Lamar University faculty member will guide the program participant through course activities and requirements.

EDLD 5342: School Finance

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The School Finance course is a study of Texas school finance issues and challenges associated with the superintendent’s position. Course content includes school district budgeting practices, accountability systems, audit reports and practices, funding formulas, ethical standards, and administration of funds.

EDLD 5371: The School Superintendent

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The School Superintendent describes the roles and responsibilities of the school district superintendent with emphasis on five major topics. These topics are: Building Community Partnerships, Leading School Districts during Change, Demonstrating Ethical Leadership and Building Relationships, The Superintendent as Instructional Leader, and The Superintendent as CEO. Course content will introduce knowledge and skills necessary to being a successful superintendent.

EDLD 5343: Educational Facilities Planning

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Educational Facilities Planning provides contemporary information for the school superintendent on facilities planning, student safety, funding, energy management, new construction and renovation, and the relationship of appropriate facilities to student performance. Texas Education Agency facility guidelines and National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities information are incorporated into course content.

EDLD 5387: Seminar in School Administration

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Seminar in School Administration is a course that emphasizes the study of concepts and principles of school district administration as applied to selected topics and current challenges associated with the school superintendent.

EDLD 5399: Internship B

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The Superintendent Internship/Practicum is a continuation of your internship/practicum requirements and activities that include the completion of the Internship Plan, Professional Development Plan, and Electronic Portfolio. Your site supervisor and Lamar University faculty member will guide your progress and development.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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