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School Superintendent Certification & Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Program

Drexel University School of Education

How to Become an Administrative School Superintendent

The role of a school district superintendent is constantly evolving from overseeing academics to managing finances. Drexel’s EdD in Educational Leadership and Management​ graduate degree program prepares students who would like to pursue the Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility to become a school superintendent​. Upon completion of your coursework, Drexel University will formally recommend you for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

What Does a Superintendent Do?

A school superintendent is the chief executive officer of a school district. Superintendents oversee student achievement and academic standards, manage the district’s budget, and hire and maintain senior level staff.

Drexel’s courses in the Educational Administration concentration of the EdD program look at practical insights in the evolving responsibilities of superintendents, and also prepares students with the skills needed to work with a broad range of constituencies.

How to Earn a School Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification

The PA Department of Education will issue the appropriate Letter of Eligibility for consideration for appointment as a District Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent to an applicant who:

  • Completes Drexel University's Pennsylvania approved graduate-level program of educational administrative study, which minimally approximates two full academic years for the preparation of chief school administrators.
  • Receives Drexel University's recommendation for certification as a chief school (district-level) administrator.
  • Provides evidence of six years of teaching or other professional service under a valid PA certificate in order to be qualified for the Assistant Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility. For the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility, three of those six years must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Students who live outside Pennsylvania should check with their state’s department of education to see if the PA Superintendent Letter of Eligibility can transfer to their state prior to enrolling in the program.

School Superintendent Certification Program Requirements

Students must be accepted and enrolled in Drexel’s EdD in Educational Leadership and Management program to pursue School Superintendent certification. Please visit the EdD program page for admission requirements. Additionally, course descriptions for the EdD program may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

How to Apply to the School Superintendent Certification Program at Drexel University’s School of Education

Prospective students interested in school superintendent certification apply through the EdD in Educational Leadership and Management program. The EdD program is offered 100% online or as a online/on-campus hybrid program. Please visit the EdD program page for instructions on how to apply.