Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

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Superintendent Certification at Marywood

The Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility will endorse an individual for appointment as a district superintendent or an assistant superintendent.

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Amy Paciej-Woodruff, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Chairperson of the School of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor

Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership
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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms and a curriculum lab with excellent resources for students, including an Ellison machine, a laminator, and computer facilities.

Specific Program Requirements

Candidates for this post-masters certification shall:

  1. Follow normal application procedures for admission to graduate programs, indicating desire to seek this certification. Candidates must possess a 3.0 average in all prior graduate work.
  2. Successfully complete an interview after six credits prior to formal admission
  3. Successfully complete a minimum of eighteen semester hours

At the point of admission/acceptance, the Chair of the Education Department and the Office of Certification will determine if the candidate has met all competencies as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If it is determined that a candidate is lacking in an area typically part of the first administrative endorsement (principalship), more than eighteen hours may be required.

Likewise, if a candidate has fulfilled some of the courses required for the Letter of Eligibility certification, the courses will not be repeated. As with all certifications, fifty percent of required courses must be taken at Marywood.

Candidates for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility must provide evidence of six years of teaching or other professionally certificated experience, three years of which shall have been in supervisory or administrative positions.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility

The Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility will endorse an individual for appointment as a district superintendent. Candidates for this postmasters certification shall:

1. Follow normal application procedures for admission to the graduate program, indicating a desire to seek this certification. Candidates must possess a 3.00 average in all prior graduate work.
2. Successfully complete an interview after six credits prior to formal admission.
3. **Successfully complete a minimum of 21 semester hours in the following areas:

EDUC 604 School, Community, Public Relations
3
EDUC 605 Theories of Educational Organizations
3
EDUC 606 Labor Relations and Negotiations
3
EDUC 607 Business and Facilities Management
3
EDUC 608, 609 Field-Based Internship
6
EDUC 617 School Leadership and Special Education 3
      At the point of admission/acceptance, the chair of the Education Department will determine if the candidate has met all competencies as outlined by the State Department of Education. If it is determined that a candidate is lacking in an area typically part of the first administrative endorsement (principalship), more than eighteen hours may be required.



      Likewise, if a candidate has fulfilled some of the courses required for the Letter of Eligibility certification, the courses will not be repeated.

4. Provide evidence of six years of instructional, educational specialist, and supervisory and administrative service, of which at least three of the six years must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

5. Pass the School Superintendent Assessment (use Praxis SLS Bulletin to register)

**These courses are also a part of the Ph.D. in Human Development Degree. Please reference the Doctoral Program portion of this catalog.

NOTE: The requirements discussed in this section are subject to change based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.