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Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Certification

This program includes a series of six field residencies leading to the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility or in the case of alternative pathway students, eligibility for a commission as a superintendent/assistant superintendent. All work is done in the candidate’s home district and can be completed in one-and-a-half years. Each residency is four credits and is co-supervised by a university faculty member, a practicing expert in the field and a district-based facilitator/mentor.

What Will I Learn?

CAEP LogoYou will learn:

  • Core competency areas necessary to fulfill the role of a school district superintendent
  • Skills necessary to be an effective district-level administrator
  • Strategies to support the diverse needs of students, families and staff
  • Communication techniques to address contemporary school leadership challenges
  • Practical strategies for addressing the needs of school districts

Core courses focus on practical application of theory geared toward the needs of district-level leaders, focusing primarily on the role of the superintendent. There is a blend of theory and practical experiences to develop effective leadership knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Strategic leadership in district governance and community relations
  • Ethical and legal decision-making
  • Negotiations and personnel strategic decision-making
  • Optimizing financial resources
  • Instructional and technology leadership
  • Facilities and plant management

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

This program is designed for students who are full-time educators. Courses are offered on weekends at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg to accommodate you. Course content is provided through a combination of face-to-face and online delivery methods. Courses are taught by former public school district-level administrators. Leadership fellows who are practicing district-level administrators serve as co-instructors.

Residency courses are based in your home district and are organized around six critical leadership content areas. The residency model eliminates the need for a separate practicum. The required 360 residency hours are embedded within the courses to weave content and application throughout the program. The courses require you to be engaged in leadership activities in your professional settings at a district level throughout the program.

Samantha Neidlinger with AASA conference background

Meet Samantha Neidlinger

“I have always felt supported and valued as a student and am very thankful for all of my experiences at Shippensburg University.”

How Samantha Found Success at Ship

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program prepares you to work in the following positions:

  • District superintendent
  • Assistant district superintendent
  • Intermediate unit executive director
  • Intermediate unit assistant executive director

Contact the Educational Leadership & Special Education Department Shippen Hall 127, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1591 Fax: (717) 477-4036