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Superintendent Certificate


Earn the certification to be a school district superintendent in Kentucky.








12 Credit Hours

Course Requirements

What You'll Learn in the superintendent certification program

Learn about communication and support services; curriculum planning, delivery and assessment; fiscal affairs and instructional leadership in a program that combines online coursework with field experience.

What You Can Do with a superintendent certificate

You'll have the skills and knowledge necessary to assume leadership positions in school districts across Kentucky, leveraging school and district-level systems to enhance student learning.

Admission to the superintendent certificate program

  • An earned a master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • A professional certificate (teaching).
  • At least two years experience as a principal, supervisor of instruction, guidance counselor, DPP, DoSE, school business administrator, vocational school coordinator, or coordinator/administrator/supervisor of district-wide services.
  • A written letter of recommendation from a supervisor or an education agency representative attesting to the applicant's suitability for a school leader.
  • An admissions portfolio that documents that the applicant demonstrates the following:
  • The ability to improve student achievement;
  • Knowledge of school laws related to school finance, school operations, and personnel matters;
  • The ability to implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment;
  • A commitment to ongoing professional growth;
  • Effective communication skills; and
  • The ability to build relationships, foster teamwork, and develop networks.

Students may only be unconditionally admitted.

Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of all coursework with no grade lower than a "B" in any course.
  • Successful completion of a capstone portfolio.
  • Completion of the Levels I and II preparation and certification for the position of the school principal, or supervisor of instruction; or for a candidate who completed preparation for principal before 1988, completion of the assessments for administration; and,
  • Completion of at least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience, including at least 140 days per year.
  • Apply for completion at the beginning of the term, in which all requirements will be completed.

Contact Us

Department of Foundational & Graduate Studies in Education

503 Ginger Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2261
FAX: 606-783-5032