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Advance as an educator.
The Online Superintendent Certification Program was developed with ideas from our successful research-based face-to-face program to provide a high-quality preparation for top school leaders. Online learning and access to current materials provide the flexibility today's professionals need to become and remain the top leaders in their fields of interest while continuing to serve a district or community across the state or nation.

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Why Earn a 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 Texas student population and variation in the local Texas economies accentuate the need to embrace diversity and promote leadership opportunities for our best and brightest across the state.

Our school leaders must be prepared and supported by the finest public research universities to solve the crisis in education and UNT is prepared to offer an innovative approach to leadership as we move into the future of education. Educational opportunities for students lie with the schools, and the effectiveness of these schools may depend largely on the educational leadership developed in programs like the UNT Online Superintendent Certification program.

Superintendent Certification Highlights

Dedicated professors who want students to succeed.
Real-world experiences taught by active and retired superintendents.
Nationwide alumni network.
Relevant field experience in district-level leadership.
Gain a holistic view of the district from an administrative perspective.
Become prepared to pass the TExES examination, a requirement to be eligible for a school superintendent position in Texas.

Superintendent Certification Courses You Could Take

Advanced Theory and Research in Administration (3 hrs)
Contemporary inquiry in educational administration. Examines the impact of positivism, subjectivism and functionalism and their critics on recent research on school organization and administration.
Seminar in Advanced Education Law (3 hrs)
Builds on the content of the prerequisite course by focusing on legal and policy issues of particular concern to top-level educational policymakers and administrators. Topics include such complex issues as the role of the state in education, parental rights, school choice and vouchers, privatization, religion on campus, and legal liability for constitutional wrongs. Topics vary, depending upon the current school reform agenda. Underlying concerns that drive the development of legal mandates in schooling are explored.
Seminar in Advanced Educational Finance (3 hrs)
Problems and issues involved in financing the public schools. The context and methodology of the course are suitable for educators working at all levels in the public schools and are directly relevant to their current problems and needs.
The Superintendency (3 hrs)
An advanced course dealing with the basic functions of the superintendency — planning, programming, communicating and evaluating — and the current issues and problems confronting the practicing educational administrator.
Internship Under School Superintendent (3 hrs)
Provision for on-the-job experience or professional study in administration or supervision as directed by student’s major advisor. Internship requires 160 hours of experience.

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