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Superintendent Preparation and Certification Program (SPCP)

The SPCP is a state-approved and accredited educator preparation program that has enabled individuals to earn the superintendent certificate since 2008. A hybrid of face-to-face and online training, candidates receive the knowledge and build the skills to be effective campus leaders.

Program Overview

The SPCP is an intensive 12-month program for current campus and district-level administrators. Because of the rigorous and individualized nature of the program, only 10 to 15 applicants are accepted for admission. The primary focus is to prepare candidates who have proven leadership abilities and a strong desire to serve as superintendent of schools for a Texas public school district.

The SPCP is a fast-paced, high-quality program placing demands on participants to ensure their future success as school leaders. The cohort begins in July and ends the following June. Coursework is divided between face-to-face sessions and online discussions to minimize travel time for participants. The SPCP is 25% classroom instruction, 45% integrated field-based experiences, and 30% professional experience via participation in state and regional conferences.

The SPCP varies from other programs in four distinct areas:

  • The delivery of the content — The SPCP consists of 317 hours of instruction delivered through combinations of face-to-face sessions, online sessions, twelve months of a customized internship, professional book reviews, and participation in state-wide educational experiences via attendance to state and regional education conferences.
  • The SPCP is highly individualized for the participants based on the leadership traits and skills of each cohort member. Leadership self-assessments guide the customized approach during participation in the SPCP.
  • Cohort size — The SPCP has no more than ten participants in each cohort. This allows for complete immersion in all discussions and activities by cohort members.
  • All instruction, supervision, and interactions during participation are guided by former or current school superintendents.

Application Requirements

  • Texas Standard Principal Certificate or Texas Mid-Management Certificate or TEA-approved managerial experience
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Three years of campus or district leadership experience
  • Current employment in a Texas public school, approved private school, or Regional Education Service Center


All fees are non-refundable.

  • Application Fee: $100
  • Admission Fee: $1,000
  • Program Fee:    $5,000
  • Total:                 $6,100*


  • Application deadline: May 24, 2024
  • Interview dates: June 10, 11, 13, 14, 2024
  • Orientation: July 16, 2024
  • Summer training: July 17 and 18, 2024
  • Begin practicum: August 1, 2024
  • Ongoing training (up to 5 Saturdays): July 2024– June 2025
  • Recommendation for full certification: July 2025 if all program requirements are completed successfully

ESC Contacts:

Steve Pierce

Dr. Ronny Knox

SPCP Program Information Flyer 2024-2025