Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

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  • Program Overview

    The online Gannon University Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification program prepares educational leaders for certification as Pennsylvania school superintendents.  This portion of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) certification process includes 21-23 credits of coursework and is completed in one academic year.  Before applying to PDE for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility, candidates are required to demonstrate completion of six years of educational experience and successful passage of the School Superintendent Assessment Praxis exam. 


    The 21-credit program is made up of five online academic classes, course-embedded internships in the candidate's school district, and culminating portfolio and internship projects. PDE requires 360 hours of internship, which are scheduled throughout the one-year program. 


    • Students begin in the fall semester.
    • All the classes are online, and internships take place in the school district.
    • Courses are offered two per semester in seven-week sessions.  This unique format allows the graduate learner to focus on one class at a time.
    • Four of the five classes have embedded internships, and the remaining 235-hour internship course is completed in the summer.
    • The program is designed to be completed in one full-time year, August to August.

    You will Experience

    What makes the Gannon Superintendent Certification Program different?

    • An online program that gives busy professionals the opportunity to complete their coursework with much more flexibility than a traditional face-to-face program
    • Tuition of $640/credit for the 2016-17 academic year.  Gannon University does not charge class fees in addition to tuition costs for this program.
    • Based on a transcript review, the program is 21-23 credits.
    • A cohort model with a group of educators that offers networking opportunities with other future school district leaders
    • Adjunct faculty members who are also educational practitioners.  This provides a pragmatic link between theoretical applications and present-day instructional practices and regulations.  Gannon's adjunct faculty is comprised of superintendents and principals who present a realistic and firsthand view of theoretical models that are valid and applicable in today's classrooms.
    • Personal contact with Gannon University advisors throughout the internship process, meeting face-to-face and online on a regular basis.

    You will Achieve

    Benefits of degree

    The mission of the Gannon University Superintendent Preparation Program is to prepare superintendents as strategic system leaders who effectively and ethically bring about continuous system improvements that result in increased student achievement.

    Upon successful completion of this online superintendent preparation program, students will have completed the coursework required for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

    Steps to Certifications

    • Complete six years of educational experience
    • Successfully complete all required coursework
    • Pass the required Praxis exam.  Currently, the exam is 6021 School Superintendent Assessment.
    • Apply for certification here.  [a href=]
    • Gannon will then recommend candidates for certification, and PDE will make the decision to approve and issue certification.

    You will Study

    GEDU 742 Educational Facilities and School Plant

    This course is designed to familiarize the prospective educational leadership administrator with the issues and problems of new plant construction, renovation and rehabilitation of existing buildings and facility maintenance. 

    GEDU 744 Business Administration and Finance

    This course identifies and assesses methods of financing public education.

    GEDU 743 Collective Bargaining

    This course enhances leadership through the study of negotiations and labor relations in public education.

    GEDU 750 Superintendent Mastery Internship (235 hours)

    This internship requires candidates to work in their districts to initiate specific activities that will provide leadership opportunities in the role of the superintendent as a strategic system leader.

    Program Options

    • Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification
  • Program Costs and Career Options

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  • If your home state is Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, or Oregon, please contact the Gannon University Office of Graduate Admissions at or 1-800-GANNONU (choose options 3 and 3) for details regarding your enrollment eligibility.

    Have a complaint about a distance ed program or courses? Read the state contact information document to learn more about filing a complaint.

    Student Success

    Gannon's Online Engagement Coordinator facilitates our online new student orientations, implements strategies to ensure that online students are active in their online courses, and provides general online student support through a variety of high-touch methods to engage students and support student retention efforts. Gannon online students can reach out with general questions about online learning or how to remotely access Gannon's comprehensive student services.