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, please make sure you read the Steps to Certification below.
The 21-credit program is made up of five online academic classes, course concurrent 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.
- Candidates can begin in any semester.
- All 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 candidate to focus on one class at a time.
- Four of the five classes have concurrent internships, and the remaining 235-hour internship course is completed in the summer.
- The program is designed to be completed in one academic year.
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 $565/credit (with no additional fees) for the 2022-2023 academic year.
- 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
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, candidates will have completed the coursework required for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
- All required coursework as indicated on the program plan of study must be completed
- All course grades must be B- or higher
- Final GPA for the program must be 3.0 or higher
Steps to Certifications
- Be able to provide evidence of six years of satisfactory school experience, of which at least three must be in a supervisory or administrative capacity.
- Pass the required Praxis exam. Currently, the exam is
6991 School Superintendent Assessment.
- Apply for certification
- Gannon will then recommend candidates for certification, and PDE will make the decision to approve and issue certification.
You will Study
Fall Semester Session I (September - October)
- GEDU 740, Superintendent as Architect of Standards-Based Reform (3 credits)
- GEDU 748, Superintendent Introductory Internship 35 hours (1 credit)
Fall Semester Session II (October - December)
- GEDU 744, Business Administration and Finance (3 credits)
- GEDU 747, Business Administration Developmental Internship 35 hours (1 credit)
Spring Semester Session I (January - March)
- GEDU 743, Collective Bargaining (2 credits)
- GEDU 746, Collective Bargaining Developmental Internship 35 hours (1 credit)
Spring Semester Session II (March - May)
- GEDU 741, Superintendent as Strategic System Leader (3 credits)
Summer Semester (May - August)
- GEDU 742, Educational Facilities and School Plant (2 credits)
- GEDU 745, Educational Facilities Developmental Internship 20 hours (1 credit)
- GEDU 730, Diverse Learner Competencies for School Leaders (based on transcript review); (2 credits)
- GEDU 750, Superintendent Mastery Internship 235 hours (3 credits)
- GEDU 751, Superintendent Professional Portfolio (1 credit)
SCHOOL DISTRICT REIMBURSEMENT
Many school districts and employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees who choose to further their education. If your employer provides this perk, Gannon University offers the following plans:
- If your employer offers a 100% tuition reimbursement program, you may defer the balance of your semester bill until 45 days after the end of the semester. A signed reimbursement form and $100 down payment is required by the semester bill due date. No interest will be charged.
- If your employer offers a partial reimbursement program, you may defer your employer's portion of the tuition until 45 days after the end of the semester. A signed reimbursement form and payment for the amount not covered by your employer is required by the semester bill due date. No interest will be charged.
To utilize this deferment option, please submit a signed school district reimbursement form and your applicable down payment by the semester bill due date. Payment can be made on your student account in Gannon Self-Service and school district reimbursement forms may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.