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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

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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.

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Application Deadlines

  • February 1 - Fall semester
  • September 1 - Spring semester

Admission Requirements

Domestic Students

  • GPA: 3.0 in master's
  • GRE: no requirement

International Students

  • TOEFL: 550 minimum written or 80 minimum online, OR IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • GRE: 900/291 minimum

Additional Requirements

  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience as a school administrator

How To Apply
Please visit our program admission webpage for more details.

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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.


Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming offers an extensive selection of fully online and hybrid programs in addition to the online School District Superintendent certificate. These programs are on par with our on-campus programs in every significant aspect, with equivalent learning expectations and the same accreditation. Additionally, we understand that online learners have distinct requirements, and we are committed to delivering a range of academic and student resources specifically designed to support your success during your time at UW and beyond graduation.


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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


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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:


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.


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


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



Travel Grants

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



Special Education Director Endorsement

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.


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


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