Public School Executive Leadership Cooperative Superintendency Program

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Program Director
Ruben Olivarez

The Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP) offers a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) within the Educational Leadership and Policy Department of the highly ranked College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. The CSP Ed.D. is at the forefront of preparing education leaders to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s public education system. Our dedicated faculty and intensive coursework maintain our position among the top-rated superintendency preparation programs in the nation. 

Our program seeks to attract future fellows with outstanding professional readiness and prepare them for executive-level leadership positions, including: 

  • Superintendents of school districts 
  • Chief executives in state education agencies 
  • Directors in education service centers or laboratories 
  • Executive-level management posts in large cities or suburban districts 

Although other career goals may appeal to graduating fellows, the four noted above, particularly the superintendency preparation, dictate program content. 

Program Features

  • Practitioner-focused curriculum 
  • Real world, real-time application 
  • Cohort-model, student collaboration, shared learning, networking 
  • Designed for completion in 30 months (63 hours of coursework, 69 with dissertation hours)
  • Face-to-face contact with renowned faculty who are focused on equity and excellence 
  • Flexible scheduling for current and aspiring public school executives 
  • Strong regional, state, national, and international alumni network 

Key Competencies

  • Leadership for Equity and Excellence 
  • Strategic Thinking and Planning 
  • Policy and Governance 
  • Human Relations 
  • Law and School Finance 
  • District-Level Operations 

Current Students


Amanda Brownson

Assistant Professor of Practice
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Rebecca Callahan

Associate Professor, EPP Master's Program Head

Research interests include immigrant bilinguals’ transition from adolescence to young adulthood, as well as their associated educational processes.

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Norma Cantú, J.D.


Ken McIntyre Professor for Excellence in School Leadership

With a background as assistant secretary of education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, she teaches topics in civil rights and the intersection of law and policy in education.

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Joshua Childs

Assistant Professor

Examines collaborative approaches involving community organizations and stakeholders that improve academic achievement and reduce opportunity gaps for students.

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Terrance Green

Assistant Professor

Examines principals and school-community engagement/community development, and issues of educational equity and opportunity.

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Jennifer Jellison Holme

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor

Focuses on the politics and implementation of educational policy with an emphasis on school reform, equity and diversity in schools.

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Huriya Jabbar

Assistant Professor, EPP Doctoral Program Head

Examines the social and political dimensions of market-based reforms and privatization in education, including school choice and decision-making in K-12 and higher education contexts.

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Ruben Olivarez


L. D. Haskew Centennial Professor in Public School Administration

Advocates for social justice and equal educational opportunities for all students, and stresses the importance of teachers in education and principals as a key to school effectiveness.

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Pat Pringle

Assistant Professor of Practice

Focuses on exposing doctoral students who aspire to be school superintendents to the myriad of daily operational requirements that must be addressed to successfully lead a school district.

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Pedro Reyes

Ashbel Smith Professor of Education Policy

Focuses on school conditions that foster high academic success for children of poverty, stratification of learning opportunities for children of color, and on state policy that facilitates student success across the education pipeline.

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Sylvia Reyna

Assistant Professor of Practice