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Superintendent Certification

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

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  • Field-based internship
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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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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 opened a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager.

After graduating from Marywood in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Physical Activity, I immediately entered the professional fitness world as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Planet Fitness in the Philadelphia area.  Shortly thereafter, I was offered a chance to open a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager. 

Opening a new location from the ground up was a difficult and time consuming task.  However, my four years at Marywood gave me the tools and confidence I needed to tackle this challenge.  The education I received in the classroom provided me with the knowledge needed to train clients and effectively manage a fitness club.  Being a four-year member of Marywood’s Lacrosse team has also taught me great leadership and interpersonal skills which are applied daily, and will continue to help me as my career grows.

Wherever my career takes me, whether it is in fitness club ownership, or personal training, I know that everything I learned at Marywood will be with me every step of the way.

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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