The MSU Superintendent Certification program is an 18-hour, year-long course of study, beginning with an introduction to the superintendency and concluding with an internship to be served in the district under the guidance of the superintendent. The program will prepare the candidate to take the state superintendent certification exam.

The core classes are taught back-to-back, two per semester, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. one night a week. They are provided through a combination of distance learning and face-to-face instruction. Each class will include both in-class instruction and internship activities. Field-based visits will be scheduled.

Courses required for Superintendent Certification

EDLE 6003 Introduction to the Superintendency
EDLE 6013 School Politics and Community Relations
EDLE 6023 Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation
EDLE 6033 School Organization and Management
EDLE 6043 Human Resources, Supervision, and Staff Development
EDLE 6053 Internship


  • Master’s degree
  • Principal’s certificate
  • Two years of school administrative experience
  • Letter from superintendent willing to serve as a mentor
  • Access to a distance education lab

How to apply

  • Apply or reapply to the MSU graduate school online at Apply Online, then click #3. Post Baccalaureate."
  • Provide official transcripts (if other than MSU) to admissions. This is required before admission can proceed.
  • Call Tricia McBride at (940) 397-4762 and state that you are applying for the Superintendent Cohort Program.Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 15.
  • For further information, contact Jane Owenat (940) 397-4800.