Superintendent Graduate Certificate

Are you ready to step into a top-level administrative position? Our program was specifically developed with the career-oriented professional in mind and emphasizes research based and practical experiences from a systemwide perspective. Completion of the Penn State Graduate Certificate Program provides you with the university endorsement required to apply for your Letter of Eligibility.

Pennsylvania Superintendent PK-12 Letter of Eligibility


The Superintendent Graduate Certificate program is for those interested in applying for the Pennsylvania Superintendent PK-12 Letter of Eligibility. The program consists of 21 credits which includes an internship. A specific set of courses explicitly addresses the alignment of the PA Inspired Leadership (PIL) standards within and across courses. leading to the completion of a 360 hour field experience required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).


The following Graduate Certificate courses have been evaluated by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and The National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP). In addition, these courses may count toward professional development hours.


  • Politics of Local School Districts (EDLDR 533)

  • District Improvement and Systemic Change (EDLDR 549)

  • Personnel Management and Contract Administration (EDLDR 565)

  • Public School Finance (EDLDR 573)

  • Schools as Organizations (EDLDR 578)

  • Systemwide Leadership for Teaching and Learning (EDLDR 597)

  • Superintendent Internship (EDLDR 595)

Your 360 hours of job-embedded internship enables you to work with seasoned leaders in an experiential learning environment, teaching you the preventive measures and diagnostic techniques necessary to resolve problems faced by current chief school administrators.

Want to extend your study beyond the Superintendent Graduate Certificate? Our Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership provides advanced level leadership preparation. Apply for the D.Ed. straight away or once accepted to the Superintendent program, ask your advisor for more information.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements
Graduate School Application

If you have read the Graduate School requirements and are ready to apply, please proceed to the application.


Applicants for admission to the Superintendent Graduate Certificate program at Penn State must submit all application materials to the Graduate School at Penn State by the application deadlines. 

  • Fall Admission: June 15
  • Spring Admission: November 1
  • Summer Admission: March 15

The Graduate School confirms eligibility for admission of all applicants. The Educational Leadership Program will select and recommend applicants for offers of admission.


Do you have questions? Would you like to chat with our Program Coordinator, Peggy Schooling? Email our Program Assistant, Mark Ivicic, to start the conversation!

Email Mark Ivicic