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Program Certificate in Superintendent Education online

Lamar University's Program Certificate in Superintendent Education online is designed to prepare students with a principal or mid-management level certification for the state superintendent certification exam.

About the Program

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in as few as 9 months
18 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

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.

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.

For students considering Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, or any other academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, please contact the applicable licensure board(s) in the state you 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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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Online Courses

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.

EDLD 5396 Internship A

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5342 School Finance

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5371 The School Superintendent

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5343 Educational Facilities Planning

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5387 Seminar in School Administration

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5399 Internship B

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


Lamar University's online Program Certificate in Superintendent Education offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

January 22, 2018

Apply by December 20, 2018

June 3, 2019

Apply by May 20, 2019

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.


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


Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

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.


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 one year of practical administrative experience.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.