Post-Master's Supervisory Certification

Post-master's degree programs leading to the Supervisory certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education are offered in the following fields:

  • Special Education

Requirements include a minimum of 15 credits. All work must be completed within a five-year period. To be recommended for the supervisory certificate, candidates must obtain a minimum quality point average equivalent to a grade of “B” with no more than one “C” grade. A second “C” grade will cause the student to be dropped from this program.

Admission Requirements

  • An earned master’s degree and/or at least 15 graduate credit hours in subject field or educational specialist area.
  • Obtain and execute two reference forms from the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education. One reference must be from a chief school officer (district superintendent or intermediate unit executive director) from the school in which the candidate is currently or most recently employed. The second reference must be either from a principal or immediate supervisor.
  • Goal Statement

Requirements for the Supervisory I Certificate

  • Take 6-9 graduate credit hours in the field of supervision in the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education to qualify for a practicum experience. (A minimum of 15 credit hours is required at Shippensburg University to be recommended for certification.)
  • Complete the appropriate curriculum outlined on the individual planning sheet.
  • Hold and present a copy of an Instructional II or Educational Specialist II certificate in the subject area in which the supervisory certificate is desired.
  • Have completed a recent graduate research course in the appropriate field or show evidence of having completed comparable applied research in the field.
  • Have completed five years of successful professional experience in the supervisory area desired prior to being recommended for certification.

Curricula Leading to Supervisory I Certification

Each candidate, in addition to completing the course requirements specified for the specialty area, must demonstrate through appropriate practicum activities the identified competencies have been attained.

Special Education

  • ELP 500 General School Administration
  • ELP 510 Special Education Law
  • ELP 516 Curriculum Assessment and Instruction PK-12 for Diverse Student Populations (PILs)
  • ELP 521 Legal and Ethical Issues that Impact on Student Learning (PILs)
  • ELP 518 Role of Supervision in Promoting Student Achievement (PILs)
  • ELP 514 Practicum I--Leadership Field Experiences at the Building Level (PILs)
  • ELP 517 Leadership in Technology and Effective Program Delivery
  • ELP 520 School finance and Student Learning (PILs)

Note: PILs: Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership focused course.


A passing score on the PRAXIS test is required for principal and supervisory certification.


Each member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education holds an earned doctorate and holds (or has held) an administrative position in education. The faculty is known not only for its high professional qualifications, but also for the excellence of its relationships with its students.


With additional coursework questions, please contact the Dr. Phillip Diller at