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Superintendent Certificate

Domestic Students: GPA: 3.0 in Masters GRE: no requirement


Feb 1 and Sept 1

International Students: GRE: 900/291 min

TOEFL: 550 min written or 80 min online, OR

IELTS : 6.5 min overall score


Feb 1 and Sept 1



The school district superintendent certificate program is designed for students who seek district superintendent endorsement in the State of Wyoming. Students must complete 26 credit hours of required courses. Successful completion of these courses also meets the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) standards for the superintendency. Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) has approved these courses for district superintendent endorsement.  Students are also awarded a University of Wyoming Superintendent Certificate.

International Students: Welcome and thank you for your interest in our program! Either a TOEFL score or an ITELTS score is acceptable. We require a minimum score of 80 for the online TOEFL exam, with minimum scores of 20 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current. For the IELTS exam, we require a  minimum overall score of 6.5, with minimum scores of 6 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current.

Program Details

The school district superintendent program requires students to successfully complete 26 credit hours. These include 24 credits of core educational leadership courses and 2 credits of superintendent internship, Following the completion of these 26 credits, students will receive a UW certificate of completion and become eligible to apply for a school district superintendent endorsement from Wyoming's PTSB.

 >>Click here to review the required course list

 >>Click here to view the extended course schedule

 >>Click here to learn more about the Superintendent Internship

 >>Click here to view the Doctoral Student Handbook

 >>AFTER PROGRAM COMPLETION, click here for information about finalizing your program

Tuition and Fees

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Note: All courses only offered via UW at a Distance.

Additional UW at a Distance course fee: $25/credit.

Please refer to the Cost of Attendance page for details.

    >>Click here to learn about funding opportunities

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How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the Superintendent Certificate program, an applicant must have met the GPA requirement (3.0 in Master of Arts degree program). In addition, applicants must have a minimum of 2 years K-12 educational administrative experience and demonstrated potential for leadership at the district level. Successful applicants for the University of Wyoming programs in Educational Leadership typically have strong references, documented evidence of potential for academic excellence, and focused career goals that align with the administrative and leadership content of our programs. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate that they not only possess the required academic abilities to handle the theoretical and practical aspects of a graduate program but who also show attention to detail and thoughtfulness throughout the entire application process.

There are two application deadlines for this program: February 1 (applying for the following Fall, or Spring semester) and Sept 1 (applying for the following Spring, or Fall semester).

Step 1: Apply to UW and the School through the online applicant portal
  1. Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal and in your application, please use the corresponding application admittance semester indicated above.
  2. After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link and your temporary username and password
  3. Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  4. Submit the $50 application fee
  5. Submit ALL of the following required documents to the online document portal (applications with missing documents will not be considered)
    • Application letter specifically addressing your potential for district level leadership
    • Current CV or resume
    • Three current letters of recommendation by providing email addresses of your referees; letters should be from those who are familiar with your leadership skills and one must be from your current superintendent or other administrator in the district office
    • Unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies should be sent to UW Admissions)
  6. Agree to admissions terms and submit your application
Step 2: Submit official copies of transcripts to UW Admissions

Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be requested and sent to UW Admissions: University of Wyoming Admissions - 1000 E. University Ave. - Laramie, WY 82071


Questions about this degree?

Tiffany June Le Gal
Office Associate


Dr. William "Toby" Holmes
Superintendent Certificate Coordinator


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