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Superintendent Certification

Become Your School District’s Visionary Leader

School boards establish the qualifications for the superintendents in their districts. With your Superintendent Certification from University of Houston-Clear Lake’s College of Education, you’ll become well versed with topics relating to educational reform, policy and current trends. You’ll be the school district’s CEO—a highly organized leader, supervisor and manager who can make difficult decisions and meet every challenge on a daily basis.

Completing Your Plan

The Superintendent Certification plan requires the completion of 15 hours of specified coursework after finishing the Principal Certification plan. A passing score on the Superintendent state assessment is required prior to recommendation for this certificate.

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Admission Requirements

Eager to make your dreams come true by studying at UHCL? Make sure you have what it takes to begin your journey to success.

  • Superintendent Certification
  • Application

    The UHCL application is available online through Apply Texas.

  • Requirements
    • Master's Degree and a 3.000 GPA over the last 60 semester credit hours.
    • Graduate Records Examination (GRE):
      • GRE is not required if GPA in last 60 hours is 3.000 or above.
      • GRE is required if GPA in last 60 hours is 2.750-3.000
        • Minimum required GRE scores: 294 combined on the Quantitative & Verbal, 3.5 Analytical Writing
      • Hold a valid Texas Teaching Certificate and a valid Texas Administrator Certificate
    • Official Transcripts
      • Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.

    The following items must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):

    • Teacher Service Record (TSR)
    • College of Education Advanced Certification Program Application
    • Admissions Essay (1-2 pages) that addresses the following prompts:
      • Why do you wish to pursue a Superintendent certification.
      • Describe the strengths and/or experiences you possess that will be an asset to you in this program.
      • In what ways will this degree enable you to make meaningful contributions to your school community (staff, scholars, families, community)?
    • Interview Video
      • Record a 5-8 minute video of yourself that answers the following questions:
        • What can you tell us about yourself and your experiences that will make you a good candidate for the Superintendent certification program?
        • What does leadership mean to you?
        • How do you use critical self-reflection in your professional growth?
        • Explain how you plan to balance self-care, role responsibilities/expectations, and the rigor of a graduate program?
      • Upload the video of YouTube as "unlisted" and then paste the link to your video into a word document and upload it to your E-Services Account.

    Admissions Essay and Interview video will be scored based on program established rubrics.

    Once your application has been approved, you will be prompted to formally accept your office of admission to the program and pay a required $37 TEA Admission fee.

Degree Requirements

Educate yourself on the necessary course work at University of Houston-Clear Lake. We want you to succeed in the College of Education, so review the degree requirements for your preferred major.

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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Deadline - May 1

  • Spring

    Deadline - October 1

  • Summer*

    Deadline - April 1

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

Accreditations and Distinctions

The College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

We've earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

Superintendent Certification Faculty

John Decman
John Decman

John Decman

Professor of Educational Leadership,

Contact number: 281-283-3548
Office: Bayou Suite 1125

John Decman Faculty Bio

Felix Simieou
Felix Simieou

Felix Simieou III

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,

Contact number: 281-283-3589
Office: Bayou Suite 1125

Felix Simieou III Faculty Bio