Graduate Certificate: Superintendency


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Superintendency.

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Superintendency is open to individuals who are currently enrolled in Temple's Educational Leadership EdD program and to those who have completed a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership or Organizational Leadership with a concentration in K-12 school leadership at another institution. Completing both this certificate and the related leadership courses for our or another Educational Leadership EdD program fulfill the course of study required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Superintendent PK-12 Letter of Eligibility.  

Students in the Superintendency certificate program master:

  • the overarching body of knowledge that informs the field of educational leadership and administration and the elements of effective practices in educational leadership;
  • analyses of competing perspectives on issues of school and school district leadership as well as critical theory and its implications for leadership practice; and
  • knowledge, skills, dispositions, experiences and personal attributes necessary for effective and ethical leadership at the highest levels in school districts and other educational organizations.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management for more information.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Applications are accepted for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

APPLY ONLINE to this certificate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.

Statement of Goals: Outline your interest in seeking a graduate certificate with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire, your interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Resume: Current resume required.

Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

EDAD 5531The School Superintendent: Chief Educator and Chief Executive I3
EDAD 5532The School Superintendent: Chief Educator and Chief Executive II3
EDAD 9285Internship in Administration (Part I)3
EDAD 9286Internship in Administration (Part II)3
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies

College of Education and Human Development

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:


Office of Enrollment Management