Online Superintendent Certification Program

Provide Confident, Capable Leadership for School Districts

Take your experience as an educator and administrator to new levels—prepare for Superintendent Certification with Gwynedd Mercy University. Our innovative online program offers you comprehensive professional preparation in a flexible format. In one year of study, you can gain the advanced knowledge of educational law, financial management, and transformational school leadership this role requires. 

The GMercyU Difference

The program presents our comprehensive curriculum through a suite of industry-leading interactive collaboration tools powered by Adobe Connect. Hands-on experiences within school district settings allow you to apply concepts in practice. The entire program features small classes led by expert faculty advisors who support your success. After completing this program, you will receive a Letter of Eligibility recommending you for Superintendent Certification in Pennsylvania.

What You Will Learn – Online Superintendent Certification Program

This program is appropriate for experienced school administration professionals who have a doctorate in education or a master’s degree or post-master’s certificate in education leadership. At the time of graduation, you will need to have at least three years’ experience in an educational setting in order to be eligible for certification. 

As a GMercyU graduate, you will be able to:

  • Understand and carry out the roles of superintendents, including boardsmanship, instructional leadership, human resources management, financial stewardship, and community organizing
  • Successfully navigate the politics of school district governance to drive positive change and successful outcomes for schools
  • Apply management and change management theory to improve community relations, instructional quality, and the culture of schools you supervise
  • Provide strategic, data-informed plans that create an organizational vision focused on student success
  • Support efforts of faculty and administrators to provide student-centered teaching and learning
  • Act as an advocate for children and schools within the wider political, social, and public spheres

An Inspiring Community of Professional Educators and Administrators

GMercyU faculty members bring direct special education experience, advanced research backgrounds, and a passion for teaching to your classroom. Their insights and mentorship will help you effectively extend your leadership skills to the highest levels of practice. You’ll also connect to our extensive alumni network, where you will meet colleagues and friends who will inspire you to continue to discover the Next.
 

Curriculum

The online Superintendent Certification program consists of 15 credits. You will take three online courses and then complete in-person practicum experiences with online support and supervision. After successfully passing your courses, you may apply to take any required certification exams to obtain your certificate. 

EDU 821 The Superintendency
EDU 822 School Boards and School District Governance
EDU 824 Transformational Leadership and School Turn-Around
EDU 828 School District Practicum I
EDU 829 School District Practicum II


 

Be a Force for Change in Education – Be a Superintendent

Learn more about how you can become a leader in education with our innovative online superintendent certification program. Call 877-531-7941 or e-mail accelerate@gmercyu.edu to contact an admissions counselor, or click here to begin your application online now
 

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