Superintendent of Schools Certification - Pennsylvania Letter of Eligibility

The requirements for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility program include an earned Masters along with completion of the specific course requirements outlined below.

In addition to these requirements, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that a candidate has completed a minimum of three years of successful supervisory/administrative experience (an individual may be granted an Assistant Superintendent Letter of Eligibility without the supervisory/administrative experience) and be a United States citizen in order to receive a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility.

NOTE: # indicates Required for Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility 

SECTION A- ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (9 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

  • # EdL 400 Organizational Leadership and Change Management
  • # EdL 405 The Principalship
  • # EdL 485 The Superintendency 

SECTION B - LEADERSHIP FUNCTIONS (21 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

  • EdL 432 Special Education Law
  • EdL 470 Special Topics in Educational Leadership (Management focus)
  • # EdL 476 School Resourcel Management
  • # EdL 477 Seminar in School-Community Relations
  • # EdL 479 School Law
  • # EdL 481 Policy and Politics in Public Education
  • OR Other advisor-approved Leadership Function courses

SECTION C - CURRICULUM AND SUPERVISION (12 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

  • EdL 420 Data-Driven Curriculum Design 
  • EdL 422 Curriculum Management for the School Executive 
  • EdL 450 Curriculum Design in a Global Society
  • # EdL 467 Supervision and Professional Development
  • # EdL 468 Applied Learning Theory for School Leaders
  • EdL 470 Special Topics in Educational Leadership (leadership focus) 
  • OR Other advisor-approved Curriculum and Supervision courses 

SECTION D - NEEDS OF DIVERSE LEARNERS (6 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

  • # Educ 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 
  •  SpEd 332 Education of Individuals with Special Needs 
  •  EdL 430 Development & Administration of Special Ed Programs
  •  EdL 440 Leading & Management of Special Education Programs 

SECTION E - RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENT (6 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

  • # Educ 403 Research (or advisor approved alternative) 
  • # EdL   488 Program Evaluation

SECTION F - PRACTICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE (3 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

  • # Educ 493 Internship and Seminar in School Leadership 
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