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Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

  • For teachers/administrators with 6 years experience
  • Field-based internship
  • PDE, NCATE, Middle States Accreditations
  • Apply credits towards Ph.D.

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Superintendent Certification at Marywood

Become an Educational Leader with a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification

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

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Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Program and ESL Program
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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.


I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.

I graduated from Marywood in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in special education and middle school math/science. While at Marywood, I participated in alternative spring break service trips to places like West Virginia, New York City, and Guatemala. These experiences led me to participate in a year of service after I graduated. I became an AmeriCorps member in Palm Beach County, Florida where I worked at Believers Academy, an emotional/behavioral high school. My main focus was to help students improve their reading skills, but I also helped with job skills, such as creating a resume and filling out an application. I also worked numerous community-based service projects throughout the year including Habitat for Humanity, Surfers for Autism, and Special Olympics. 

The students and staff that I worked with during my year of service were so amazing and truly touched my heart. The following school year, I transitioned from an AmeriCorps member to a full-time math and science teacher at Believers Academy. I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.


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.

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