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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership School Superintendent Certification

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Verl Pope, Ed.D., Department Chair

Rosa Weaver, Ed.D., Graduate Program Director


The purpose of the School Superintendent Certification Program is to select outstanding, experienced school leaders and to prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective district administrators. The courses and experiences are designed to address the Educational Leadership Policy Standards, ISLLC (2008), the six Technology Standards for School Administrators (2001), standards of 21st Century Skills, college and career readiness strategies, and Dispositions, Dimensions, and Functions for School Leaders.

Contact Information

Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership Graduate Office - MEP 295 or 859- 572-7892

Admission Requirements

Individuals applying must meet all requirements for admission to graduate study at Northern Kentucky University as defined by the Graduate Catalog at the time of application in addition to the following criteria.

To be eligible for admission applicants must have:

  1. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, with a total cumulative graduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. A current Kentucky Rank II or Rank I teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent.
  3. Three (3) years full-time teaching experience.
  4. Two (2) years or more full-time experience in one or more of the following positions: Elementary, Middle, or High School Principal; Supervisor of Instruction; Guidance Counselor; Director of Pupil Personnel; Director of Special Education; School Business Administrator; Coordinator/Administrator/Supervisor of District Services; Local District Coordinator of Vocational Education.
  5. Level I and II certification for any one of the following positions: Elementary Principal (grades P-4); Middle School Principal (grades 5-8); Secondary School Principal (grades 9-12); School Principal (P-12); Supervisor of Instruction (P-12).

Application Process

  1. Submit an online application and application fee to the Office of Graduate Education.
  2. Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework sent directly from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  3. Submit a copy of current Kentucky teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent showing appropriate administrative certification level I and Level II.
  4. Submit evidence of three years of classroom experience and two years of administrative experience (see above).
  5. Two recommendations using the superintendent recommendation form and completed by educational associates who can attest to your potential success as a school leader. One letter must be from your current building principal or district supervisor. Letters must be made on superintendent recommendation form found on the website for superintendent certification.
  6. Superintendent supplemental application with six areas of administrative skills addressed by candidates in terms of best practices and in essay format.
  7. Complete an interview with NKU leadership faculty and P-12 instructional leaders. *

*After a thorough review of the application materials, the admissions committee will select candidates to be interviewed. The interview may be with the candidate individually or in a group setting and will include the completion of an on-demand essay. The interview will seek evidence of knowledge of curriculum and assessment, leadership and management potential, and dispositions associated with effective leadership. The committee will review all available data to assess the overall potential of the candidate for success in the program before making a final decision about acceptance.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.

Curriculum Requirements

The program requirements for the Professional Certificate for School Leadership-School Superintendent include completion of a minimum of 12 course credit hours and must include the following courses or equivalent substitute courses as approved by the Department of Teacher Education and School Leadership:

Minimum Total Hours: 12

Exit Requirements

The certification will be awarded to candidate upon:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Completion of required coursework used for certificate with a C or higher.
  3. Satisfactory performance on the ISLLC Standards.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. Submission of the appropriate CA-1 and other appropriate documents to the Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership Graduate Office in MEP 295.

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