Post-Master's Certificate in Superintendent Certification

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Masters
Number of Credits to Completion: 16.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.0411

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 

About the Program

The online Superintendent Certificate Program is a transformative journey for aspiring educational leaders. Here’s how this program equips you to steer schools, districts and educational organizations with agility and vision: 

1. Adaptability and Agility: As a superintendent, you’ll face a dynamic landscape. Our program hones your ability to adapt swiftly to emerging opportunities and challenges. Whether it’s technological advancements, policy shifts, or community needs, you’ll lead with resilience. 

2. Practitioner-Based Curriculum: Our curriculum is grounded in practical experience. Through internships, you’ll apply theory to real-world scenarios. Expect hands-on learning that bridges theory and practice. 

3. Systems Thinking: Effective leadership requires a systems approach. You’ll explore the intricate web of educational systems, understanding how decisions impact students, staff, and communities. 

4. PA Superintendent Certification: Upon program completion and six years of satisfactory school experience (with at least three years in a supervisory or administrative role), you’ll be eligible to apply for PA superintendent certification. 

5. Global Relevance: While PA serves as our foundation, we recognize that educational leadership transcends borders. Other states and countries may have varying requirements, but our program prepares you for leadership on a global scale. 

Join the Ranks

Are you ready to shape the future of education? Apply to the online Superintendent Certificate Program and become part of a cohort committed to excellence, equity, and transformative leadership. 

Your journey to superintendent certification begins here!

Admission Requirements

Master’s Degree and three years of administrative experience (or in the process of acquiring administrative experience with the expectation of completing 3 years of admin. experience).

Program Requirements

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Required Courses *
EDAM 817Curriculum Models3.0
EDAM 820School Superintendency3.0
EDAM 824Parents and Schools3.0
EDEX 712Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education3.0
Required Internships **
EDAM 827School Superintendent's Internship: Curriculum Models1.0
EDAM 828School Superintendent's Internship: Parents and Schools1.0
EDAM 829School Superintendent's Internship: Budget and Finance1.0
EDAM 830School Superintendent's Internship: Human Resource Development1.0
Total Credits16.0

This program is approved for students with appropriate background and seeking Pennsylvania School Superintendent Certification.

If student's home state has a school superintendent certification, student will need to contact that state's department of education for eligibility requirements.


Any student required to participate in a program field experience and/or internship as a component of their coursework will be required to submit all required background checks/clearance(s) and field placement applications prior to beginning coursework.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDEX 7123.0EDAM 8243.0EDAM 8203.0EDAM 8173.0
EDAM 8281.0EDAM 8291.0EDAM 8301.0EDAM 8271.0
 4 4 4 4
Total Credits 16

Additional Information

More information is available at the School of Education's website.