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School District Superintendent – Graduate Certificate

Part visionary, part politician and part administrator, superintendents are the de facto CEOs of school districts, and as such can make a tremendous difference in district health.

Whether you are looking to lead in an urban setting or rural district, UW’s online School District Superintendent Certificate program offers both the educational background and skills necessary to develop the strategic direction and operational systems to tackle the multilayered challenges confronting America’s public educational system.

About the School District Superintendent Program

As a school district’s chief executive officer, you will serve a wide variety of roles from representing your district in public to working with district principals and the school board to foster student success.

To help equip you for the diverse responsibilities superintendents face, the UW School District Superintendent Certificate program combines a robust curriculum of educational leadership courses with an internship in two districts, so you acquire the executive background and operational skills you’ll need to serve in rural or urban school districts.

The program also meets the requirements of the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board for the district superintendent endorsement as well as the superintendency standards of the national Educational Leadership Constituents Council.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Graduate Certificate

Resident Tuition: $324/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $516/credit hour

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Salary.com reports that the average school superintendent salary in Wyoming is $142,957

School District Superintendent Graduate Certificate Program Highlights

The School District Superintendent Graduate Certificate is a flexible, online program that allows you to move through the coursework at your own pace in the sequence that best supports your learning.

It also provides 26-credit hours toward your Ed.D. degree, should you choose to continue your educational leadership studies at the doctoral level.

Here are some reasons to choose UW for your district superintendent endorsement studies:

Accredited. The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The educational leadership program meets the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.

Faculty. Learn from former superintendents and principals such as Barbara Hickman, a past superintendent who studies systemic change and implementation.

Internship. Acquire diverse experience working in two districts during your 220-hour superintendency internship.

Special Education Director Endoresement. You can gain the Special Education Director endorsement from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) if you have earned a masters from UW in either educational leadership or special education AND at least a graduate certificate from UW in either educational leadership or special education.

Travel grants. Explore graduate travel funding opportunities offered by UW to offset some of the travel costs of attending or presenting at professional conferences.

Scholarships. Pursue scholarship funding. The UW College of Education offers an array of graduate scholarships to help students afford post-graduate study including the following:

  • Dr. L. Dean Sorenson Memorial Scholarship
  • Ivan Willey Scholarship
  • Maurice Wear Scholarship
  • Russell I. Hammond Scholarship
  • William G. Berube Scholarship

What Can You Do with a School District Superintendent Graduate Certificate?

The School District Superintendent Certificate program is designed to produce outstanding educational leaders who can guide diverse districts into the future. Plus, it qualifies you for the district superintendent endorsement from Wyoming’s Professional Teaching Standards Board and meets the superintendency standards of the national Educational Leadership Constituents Council.

School District Superintendent Careers
UW educational leadership alumni can hold titles such as:

  • Superintendent
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Associate superintendent
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Other district-level leadership positions

Amazing stories from School District Superintendent Certificate Graduates

“The UW superintendent certificate program was a perfect fit for me considering I live almost 400 miles away from Laramie. What I appreciated most about this program was the practical, yet challenging, course work and the opportunity to engage in dialog with classmates and professors during weekend classes. I would recommend this program to anyone who has a goal to further their education and needs a program designed to accommodate the work-life balance.”

– Jason Sleep, ’19

Examples of School District Superintendent Graduate Certificate Program Courses

These are some of the courses you will take as an online educational leadership/superintendent certificate student at the University of Wyoming:

  • Educational Leader as Direction Setter
  • Educational Leader as Change Agent
  • Educational Leader as Communicator
  • Educational Leader as Resource Manager
  • Educational Leader for the Board and Community
  • Advanced School Law

View the full school district superintendent certificate program curriculum.

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