Superintendent Licensure Program

Tell me about your Superintendent licensure program.

A Superintendent  Licensure  Program at SMSU will be offered Fall 2016. You may apply if you have a Minnesota Principal or Special Education license, your sixth year certificate or verification of  30 administrative competency-based credits beyond the Master’s  degree. You can earn your licensure in one year.

What is a learning community?

A learning community is an off-campus graduate studies program that offers educators the opportunity to gain their degree or licensure close to home. Each Learning Community studies together, meeting on a weekend once a month during the academic year. The program utilizes group participation and exchanges between students and administrative professionals.

How is the program designed?

Superintendent Classes:

ED 682 Transforming Superintendent Perspectives                                 3

ED-684- Research Seminar and Field Experience 1: Principal,

     Sped Director, Superintendent and  Ed Specialist                               3

ED-685-Research Seminar and Field Experience 2: Principal

     Sped Director, Superintendent and Ed Specialist                                3

                                                            Total Credits                           9

*  All candidates for superintendent licensure must complete an internship.
*  Students who are enrolled for fall 2016 may begin their first field experiences in summer 2016 if approved.

*  There will be two seminars held during the summer to introduce the program and internships. The dates for those seminars are: June 17th and 18th and July 24th and 25th at SMSU.    

*  Classes will meet the second weekend of the month beginning Sept 10th and 11th 

Is the Superintendent Licensure program accredited?

Superintendent Licensure program has received approval from the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA).

How do I apply?

To be eligible to apply for the Superintendent licensure program, applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience and complete all of the following requirements: an application, $30 application fee, an official transcript with a master’s degree posted, two letters of recommendations and a personal statement.

How does the internship process work?

A minimum 320 hours of internship working directly with a licensed and practicing superintendent is required for licensure.  All hours must be completed within a 12 continuous month time period. This program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Competencies identified in MN Rule 3512.2500, as well as the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and ELLC competencies. The field experience is designed to provide experiences that enhance knowledge and develop skills for future educational leadership.  This program will prepare the intern for leadership roles in PK-12 schools.

How much is tuition?

Tuition and fees for the Superintendent Licensure program are approximately $425 per credit.  However, tuition rates vary on a year-to-year basis and are finalized in July for the upcoming fall. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available students who are in need of assistance. You can find information on applying for financial aid at the SMSU Financial Aid website. You will need to submit the FAFSA form to qualify. If you are interested in receiving a grant, look over the TEACH Grant and Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

Whom should I contact if I have further questions?

The School of Graduate Studies is always happy to assist you with any questions you may have. You can reach the School of Graduate Studies by phone at: (507) 537-6819. To contact a particular facilitator or staff member, see the faculty/staff page. The Graduate Directory lists people you may wish to contact during the application/registration process.

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