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UT Arlington, Academic Partnerships launch new superintendent certificate program for school administrators

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Monday, August 1, 2011

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington and Academic Partnerships announce a new online Superintendent Certificate Program tailored to professional school administrators offered through the University’s College of Education and Health Professions.

The University of Texas at Arlington Academic Partnerships

This non-thesis certificate program complies with Educational Leadership Constituent Council standards and is designed for administrators who want to advance in the K-12 education arena. The program is intended for current administrators, principals and others with at least two years of administrative experience and a master’s degree.

The program was developed by UT Arlington faculty and area school district leaders to ensure that participants acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become school superintendents. The first cohort will begin Aug. 15, 2011, with five start dates planned per year.

“UT Arlington has offered an outstanding superintendents’ program for more than a decade, and the AP program allows us to extend our proven curriculum beyond the traditional campus,” said Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions.

The program is open to educators in other states; and candidates should pursue certification as appropriate for their state.

Candidates who complete the program’s coursework and pass the Superintendent Examination for Certification of Educators in Texas along with their principal or equivalent certification will be recommended to the State Board for Educator Certification for issuance of the Texas Superintendent Certificate.

Marsha Schattner, Academic Partnerships executive vice president, said the new program is perfect for the professional school administrator who wants to advance his or her career.

“Principals and other school administrators are busy people, and online course offer them the chance to expand their own education while they maintain their careers,” Schatter said.

The Superintendent Certificate Program comprises 15 hours total with four, three-hour courses; one, two-hour internship; and one, one-hour internship.

UT Arlington’s College of Education and Health Professions is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Superintendent Certificate Program is accredited by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification.

In addition to the Aug.15 start, candidates may start Oct. 24 or Jan. 16, 2012. Tuition rates are $245 per credit hour for Fall 2011 and $273 a credit hour for Spring 2012.

For registration information about this and other UT Arlington Academic Partnerships degree programs, visit stateu.com/uta/ or call 1-866-489-2810.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 34,000 students in the heart of North Texas. UT Arlington is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

ABOUT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS, LLC

Dallas-based Academic Partnerships, LLC (www.academicpartnerships.com), is a higher education service provider that helps state universities expand access to programs by converting traditional degree programs for online delivery and helps recruit and retain qualified students. Call Anne Doris at 214-210-7279 for more information.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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