Superintendent Letter of Eligibility


Professional educators with at least six years of relevant professional experience in an educational setting related to the instructional process and who wish to enter into a leadership position as a Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent in a K-12 district.

What You Learn:

The mission of Point Park University’s Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification program is to prepare professional educators for leadership positions on a district level as Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. We will achieve this by advancing professional knowledge that supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of learners; integrating leadership and supervisory theories and skills with problem solving and decision-making models; encouraging collaboration, communication, professional development, and responsible management of educational programs and resources; and conducting educational research that enhances organizational effectiveness. This program will expand upon the Total Leader 2.0 Leadership Model as developed by Charles Schwan and William Spady.

How You Learn:

Online Format: This is an online cohort program. Students will be engaged in an active and engaging interactive online environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in one year. Embedded in each course will be a number of required field experiences that are required by PDE for certification.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible for certification as an Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent in the state of Pennsylvania. Students will also need to pass the School Superintendent Assessment/SSA (6021) as required by the PA Department of Education. Administrators are eligible to receive Act 45 credit by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
EDUC 570 Art and Science of Authenticity 3
EDUC 571 Art and Science of Visionary Leadership 3
EDUC 572 Art and Science of Cultural/Relational Leadership 3
EDUC 573 Art and Science of Quality/Capacity Leadership 3
EDUC 574 Art and Science of Systems and Service Leadership 3
EDUC 575 Art and Science of Communication in Leadership 3
  Total Credit Hours: 18

Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.

Successful completion of the School Superintendent Assessment/SSA (6021) is required for certification.

In order to receive certification at the end of the program, candidates must provide verification of the completion of a minimum of six years of professional experience in an instructional area (at least three of the six years should be at the administrative level). The candidate also must be recommended for certification by the Point Park University authorized certification officer.