Southwest Securities/UNT Superintendent Certification

School leaders in our public schools are challenged to provide new educational opportunities for all students while solving critical problems that our society faces. The rapid growth and shifting demographics of the North Texas population and economy accentuate the need to embrace diversity and promote opportunities for all. Our leaders must be prepared and supported by the finest public research universities to solve the crisis in education. Educational opportunities for students lie with the schools, and the effectiveness of these schools depends largely on the kind of educational leadership developed in this program.

The Southwest Securities/UNT Program provides high-quality, research-based preparation for top school leaders. The individuals tapped into this superintendency program by their mentor superintendents will have approximately half of their tuition reimbursed by a Southwest Securities scholarship when they pass the courses. Participants in the Superintendent Certification Program may decide to apply to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership, with which it is closely linked. Twelve hours of the certification coursework can be applied to the degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following qualifications to apply for the program:

  • The applicant must be tapped into the program by the district superintendent (or his or her designee).
  • The applicant must have a minimum of two years' teaching experience in an EC-12 public or private school. Administrative experience is also required prior to beginning the program.

1. University Graduate School Application

Apply through the Toulouse Graduate School at www.applytexas.org. Submit the application fee and official transcripts from all schools attended to the Graduate School. If the minimum GPA requirements are met, the packet will be forwarded to our department for review. You must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School, including a minimum 3.4 GPA on a master's degree work (if applying with a master's degree), 2.8 on bachelor's (if applying without a master's degree), or (alternatively) GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours you took if applying with a bachelor's degree. You must also submit GRE verbal and analytic writing scores.

2. Departmental Application

Additional application materials must be sent to the Educational Leadership Program, including the following:

a) A Superintendent Certification Program Application.

b) A Program Nomination Form from the candidate’s superintendent or his or her designee.

Course Requirements for Certificate (15 hours)

EDAD 6033 - Practicum, Field Problem or Internship (3 hours)
EDAD 6110 - Advanced Theory and Research in Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6510 - Seminar in Advanced Education Law (3 hours)
EDAD 6570 - Seminar in Advanced Educational Finance (3 hours)
EDAD 6590 - The Superintendency (3 hours)

Candidates must complete an Internship for superintendent certification. Candidates must submit the Internship Application  by the deadline: October 1 for the following Spring, February 1 for the following Summer, and March 1 for the following Fall semesters.