Superintendent Certification Program

OVERVIEW

The University of Louisville’s Superintendent Certification Program is designed to be a cohort-based program meeting the requirements of the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) for superintendent certification. This program provides each candidate with experiences allowing for comprehensive exposure to the relevant and essential performance standards facing the contemporary superintendent.

The Superintendent certification program was designed by full-time faculty at the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) within the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development (ELEOD). Also working in the design process were practitioners in the field, including current superintendents and assistant superintendents, as well as representation from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

Curriculum

ELFH 639: The School Superintendency

ELFH 649: School System Administration

ELFH 667 Instructional Planning for Student Learning and Achievement

ELFH 679: The Superintendency Practicum


Program and Certification Completion Requirements

  • A grade point average of 3.0 in all courses counted on this program.
  • Successful completion of a portfolio. Information about the portfolio is found in "Guidelines for Portfolio Completion Requirements," available from your advisor.
  • Successful completion of an additional two years of experience in an approved school leadership position (e.g. principal, supervisor, counselor).

How to Apply

    • Applicants must submit an online application to UofL's School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (non-refundable application fee is required). Please note that applicants must apply as a Graduate, Non-degree seeking students, and select “Education Administration – Non-Degree” as the appropriate plan.
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. A 3.2 grade point average in the master's degree is required.

      Please have transcripts sent to:
      School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
      University of Louisville
      Louisville, KY 40292

      If transcripts are sent electronically,
      please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu

    • For GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011, a minimum combined (verbal and quantitative) score of 900 is required for admission. For GRE scores after August 1, 2011, a minimum 147 verbal and 143 quantitative is required for admission.
      Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
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    • Two professional letters of recommendation. Please list the email addresses for two recommenders in the online application. Recommenders will receive instructions and forms that they will complete online.
    • Application must also include:
    • Completion of Levels I and II for principal or supervisor of instruction certification (unless completed under pr-1988 regulations.)
    • Professional certification including a minimum of two years of experience in the position of school principal, supervisor of instruction, guidance counselor, director of pupil personnel, director of special education, school business administrator, local district coordinator of vocational education, or a coordinator, administrator, or supervisor of district-wide services. Other administrative experience may be substituted for this requirement with the approval of the Education Professional Standards Board.
    • Interview with program coordinator.

Please Note: Meeting the minimum admission standard for GPA and GRE scores does not guarantee admission.

Please contact Betty Hampton, Director of Graduate Student Services for the College of Education and Human Development, at betty.hampton@louisville.edu if you have any questions about the application process.

Contact

Blake Haselton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Superintendent-in-Residence
Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, & Organizational Development
The University of Louisville
1905 South 1st Street
Porter Building, Room 337
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
(502) 852-6451
blake.haselton@louisville.edu

Opportunities for Graduates

District-level Educational Leadership Positions (e.g., superintendent, assistant superintendent)

Financial Aid

For general information on financial aid resources, please visit the University of Louisville's Student Financial Aid Office web site.

The CEHD has its own web pages dedicated to financial aid that contains some extra information not listed here.

CEHD Scholarships

The CEHD has a long history of offering scholarships to prospective and current students pursuing an education degree program. The CEHD provides over $225,000 annually and selects recipients three times a year. Scholarship selection is competitive and applies to tuition only. Apply online for a CEHD scholarship before the deadline (March 1st, June 1st and/or October 1st). Applicants should expect notification four to five weeks after the posted deadline.

Supervising and Resource Teachers

In recognition of valuable service to the preparation of teachers and the need for all teachers to have continual professional growth, a supervising teacher or a resource teacher for teacher interns may, with prior approval of the course-offering institution, take a maximum of six (6) credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution and pay no tuition. The postsecondary institution shall waive the tuition up to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.

To apply, you must complete the Tuition Waiver Certification for Supervising and Resource Teachers Application [PDF]. It should be completed by the supervising teacher, certified by their principal, and returned to our office. Return the form to the Student Financial Aid Office at U of L, attention: Wesley Partin.

Eligibility: 6 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a full responsibility supervising or resource teacher, or 3 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a shared supervising or resource teacher. Students may exercise the tuition waiver option up to twelve months following the assignment. Tuition benefits are paid directly to the University of Louisville.