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Online Superintendent Certification Program

UofL’s online Superintendent Certification prep courses are designed to help educational administrators and leaders prepare for the Kentucky Superintendent Certification from the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).

Achieve your career advancement goals and ease the transition to district leadership with UofL’s Superintendent Certification prep courses delivering the leadership, managerial and analytical skills needed to effectively lead public and private school systems. The four courses in the program have been assembled to prepare aspiring superintendents for their Kentucky superintendent application. There is no certificate or degree issued from UofL for the completion of the online superintendent courses. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible for the School Superintendent endorsement on their professional certificate through the EPSB.

The Superintendent Certification courses are offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Louisville and meet the requirements of the EPSB for superintendent certification.

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  • Take the next step in your career as a leader in education; prepare for your EPSB certification with these online courses.
  • Benefit from UofL’s long-standing network of local superintendents and mentorship opportunities.
  • Gain foundational knowledge for working with and shaping policy at the state-level.
  • Complete your preparation at an R1-classified research institution—one of only two in the state of Kentucky!
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes and 24/7 access to learning tools.


Competency-Based Education

This unique program is built around the superintendent certification competencies required by the Education Professional Standards Boards (EPSB). Students will be immersed in an online learning environment called Strut, which is designed around competencies where students can see how they are progressing toward completion.


Complete this program on your own time through fully online classes.

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Complete your online superintendent prep in just four courses!

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Courses meet the requirements of the Educational Professional Standards Board.

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"The Superintendent Certification is really the capstone piece for your career as an educator. Completing the certification can open a lot of doors for you professionally, and these courses will prepare to successfully lead any district in Kentucky."

Dr. Keith Davis
Superintendent in Residence
Bullitt County Superintendent, 2007-2018

Recipient of 2018 KSBA Outstanding Superintendent Award


This program is ideal for those looking for Kentucky Superintendent Certification prep, with the goal of pursuing school district leadership and superintendent positions. Ideal candidates are seasoned educators and professionals who are ready to take their passion for leadership and governance to the district level.

Preferred Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the graduate application for admission
    • Select “No” for “Do you want to apply to an online program”
    • Follow these instructions
    • Applicant Type: Select Graduate Nondegree*
    • On the next page, select Educational Administration Non-Degree (NON) program under the College of Education and Human Development
    • Check for Scholarships
  2. Submit $65 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts from master’s degree
  4. Complete an interview with the program coordinator (can be conducted remotely)
  5. Submit 2 letters of recommendation (list the email addresses for two recommenders in the online application)
  6. Submit a letter of intent
  7. Submit a current resume
  8. Complete a signed statement regarding the Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement and Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel

Note: Electronic transcripts are only accepted directly from the institution(s). Please have electronic transcripts sent to adetran@louisville.edu.

*Should you encounter any issues while completing the application form, please contact Betty Hampton, Director of Graduate Student Services, at 502.852.0411 or betty.hampton@louisville.edu.


Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in an education field (i.e. MAT, MEd)
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • 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 (2) years of experience in accepted positions
    • Positions include: 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 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

UofL's 12-credit hour, expertly-assembled preparation program is designed for individuals who are ready to pursue the Kentucky Superintendent Certification.

Course List Hours
LEAD 639: The School Superintendency 3
LEAD 649: School System Administration 3
LEAD 667: Instructional Planning for Student Learning and Achievement 3
LEAD 679: The Superintendency Practicum 3
Minimum Required Credit Hours 12


Course Descriptions