While both the Superintendent Certification program and the School Executive Leadership program prepare educational leaders, only the Superintendent Certification program leads to a Washington administrator's certificate. Those students who hold a prerequisite teacher, ESA, CTE or principal certificate should enroll in the Superintendent Certification program to be eligible for the Washington Initial Superintendent Certificate. Students who do not hold a teaching certificate should enroll in the School Executive Leadership program. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of building or district level administrative experience prior to acceptance into the program.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE & COHORT INFO
The Superintendent Certificate program includes coursework and an internship in a two-year cohort model. Courses meet three times per academic quarter (once a month) on Friday afternoons/evenings and Saturday mornings.
The program's Core Curriculum includes six integrated and standards-based courses that link your previous experiences to the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for senior-level leadership positions.
- EDAD 7581 Systems Leadership (3)
- EDAD 7582 Educational Law and Policy Studies (3)
- EDAD 7584 Resource Management (3)
- EDAD 7586 Interpersonal Relations (3)
- EDAD 7588 Improving Student Learning (3)
- EDAD 7589 Policy, Governance, and Ethics (3)
Students in the Superintendent Certification program are required to complete a 360-hour field experience (EDAD 7890, 6 credits) over two years to qualify for a Superintendent Certificate. The field-based experience blends theory and practical course applications into actual leadership experiences. These internship experiences are guided by a designated district supervisor and overseen by SPU Educational Leadership faculty.
To enhance collegiality, collaboration, and practitioner skills, each Friday course session is preceded by a leadership seminar. In these seminars, students discuss problems of practice, share insights gained from the field experience, assist in developing a professional growth plan, and present key findings from integrated projects. The seminars are integral parts of the field experience.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be recommended to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for an Initial Superintendent Certificate in Washington state. Most states have reciprocal agreements that allow certificates to be transferred between states