Shape the future of education

To shape the lives of our youth, you become a teacher. To shape the future of education, you become a superintendent or district administrator. Of course all jobs in education are equally important, but perhaps you’re being called to broaden your career. Perhaps you’re one of the visionary leaders who will improve the educational landscape and open new doors of opportunity. This program at Concordia University can be completed in 12-14 months and is available almost entirely online, with the exception of two on-campus residencies. Students earn a specialist certificate in this program.

Cost Per Credit$860
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Program Overview

The superintendent or school district administrator licensure program is designed for those who are called to play an important leadership role in the field of education. This program provides a perfect opportunity for you if you’ve already obtained your master’s degree and administrator’s license, particularly if you are already a school principal or an education administrator.

Completing this program means you’ll earn the WI #5003 superintendent’s license. It also means you’ll be equipped with the leadership skills you need to guide public, private, and parochial schools, stay current with contemporary theories and practices, and enhance your professional goals. 

Classes are taught by instructors who hold a Ph.D., and/or Ed.D. and have experience as a school administrator. The academic work that leads to this superintendent license and specialist certificate is post-Master’s degree work.

Academic Community Partnership

Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Education has a reputation for helping public, private, charter, and other school systems meet the needs of their students in the most comprehensive way possible. This is not only an exclusive partnership; we simply believe in providing opportunities to increase teacher capacity, improve leadership development, and impact student success.

Benefits of the Academic Community Partnership include:

  • Partner with a local university that has an excellent academic and ethical reputation
  • We come to you – meet with our team to customize a program or professional development that fits each districts’ unique needs
  • Meet educational objectives and enhance faculty expertise with highly respected, fully accredited programs in a wide range of graduate degrees, licensure programs, and technology options
  • Face-to-face cohorts or diverse online programs to meet your busy schedule. We provide expert instructors and consultants and draw on research-based practices through our rigorous accredited programs
  • Professional development connected to university credit
  • Receive $450 per eligible graduate course or $150 per eligible adult accelerated course

Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their state department of education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements.  Students from outside of Wisconsin may by able to take this program without teacher licensing.

What to Expect

This program will help you meet Wisconsin Administrator Standards related to the Superintendency, while also helping you identify significant social, political, and economic forces that influence the Superintendency. You’ll develop the ability to discern the fundamental characteristics of effective educational leadership. The Superintendent Licensure program studies  leadership theories, motivational strategies, facility planning,  organizational skills delegation of authority, stakeholder relations, data analysis,  communication networks, problem solving, systems development, program evaluation, curriculum evolution, professional ethics, public relations, and strategic planning and implementation.

Earning a Specialist Certificate will teach you how to assess the congruency between educational governance, strategic planning/management, and implementation initiatives, as well as how to identify the fundamental components of successful change initiatives. You’ll learn how to use problem-solving and decision-making models to develop practical solutions for addressing governance, administrative, and educational problems and opportunities. And finally, you’ll learn how to recognize effective and ineffective educational leadership in local school settings, while sharpening your own leadership skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary that will make you an effective superintendent.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Licensure / Certifications
WI #5003 Superintendent or School District Administrator

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