Letter of Eligibility Certification
Graduate Studies

Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility Certification

For the superintendent’s letter of eligibility, you need to have a state certificate and a minimum of six years of professional service in a basic school, three of which have been in a supervisory or administrative position. Students must be accepted through the doctoral admission process.

The program requires a minimum of 360 hours of field experiences, including a 180-hour clinical experience. The clinical experience provides opportunities to integrate education theory and research with practical experiences in the school district. You may accomplish this task through participation in work site activities. The focus of the clinical experience and coursework are directly aligned with the standards of the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership program.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
EDL 643Special Education for School Leaders3
EDL 721School Leadership in Teaching and Learning3
EDL 722Personnel Management and Labor Relations3
EDL 723School Business Management3
EDL 724Organizational Development and Change Theory3
EDL 725Communication Theory and Practice3
EDL 726Political, Economic, & Social Structures of the Culture3
EDL 727Pennsylvania School Code & School Board Policies3
EDL 728Curriculum Theory and Evaluation3
EDL 730Pupil Personnel Services3
EDL 731Advanced Supervision3
EDL 735The Superintendency3
EDL 789Clinical Experience3

Certification also requires satisfactory completion of state-mandated tests.

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