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Post-Master’s Certificate in Superintendent Endorsement Only


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The College of Education and Human Development has designed this program for educators who take courses in the Superintendent concentration (and a new year-long internship course, which will allow students to obtain the Illinois Professional Educator Endorsement for PreK-21 Superintendent licensure.

Student Learning Outcomes

Program outcomes are aligned to the National Educational Leadership

Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards.  The course objectives and requirements can be found in the individual syllabi.

Standard 1: Mission, Vision, and Improvement

Candidates who successfully complete the GSU Superintendent Endorsement Certificate program will apply the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to collaboratively lead, design, and implement a district mission, vision, and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities that include data use, technology, values, equity, diversity, digital citizenship, and community.

Standard 2: Ethics and Professional Norms

Candidates who successfully complete the GSU Superintendent Endorsement Certificate program will advocate for ethical decisions and cultivate professional norms and culture.

Standard 3: Equity, Inclusiveness, and Cultural Responsiveness

Candidates who successfully complete the GSU Superintendent Endorsement Certificate program will develop and maintain supportive, equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive district cultures.

Standard 4: Learning and Instruction

Candidates who successfully complete the GSU Superintendent Endorsement Certificate program will evaluate, design, cultivate, and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, data systems, supports, assessment, and instructional leadership.

Standard 5: Community and External Leadership

Candidates who successfully complete the GSU Superintendent Endorsement Certificate program will engage families, communities, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and to advocate for district, student, and community needs.

Standard 6: Operations and Management

Candidates who successfully complete the GSU Superintendent Endorsement Certificate program will develop, monitor, evaluate, and manage data-informed and equitable district systems for operations, resources, technology, and human capital management.

Standard 7: Policy, Governance, and Advocacy

Candidates who successfully complete the GSU Superintendent Endorsement Certificate program will evaluate collaborative decision making/governance and represent and advocate for district needs in broader policy conversations.

Standard 8: Internship

Candidates successfully complete the internship under the supervision of knowledgeable, expert practitioners that engages candidates in multiple and diverse district settings and provides candidates with coherent, authentic, and sustained opportunities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills identified in NELP Standards 1-7 in ways that approximate the full range of responsibilities required of district-level leaders and enable them to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult in their district.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants will meet with an admissions committee comprised of at least three faculty representing different program concentrations prior to acceptance into the program. Applicants will be ranked for admission on the basis of their academic potential and the admission criteria.

In addition to meeting university admission criteria, applicants must:

  • Submit a vita or resume summarizing prior education and employment history and pertinent professional activities;
  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Educational Administration or Principalship and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Two letters of recommendation by professionals that have worked extensively with the applicant.; and
  • An interview with a faculty admissions committee.

Certificate Requirements


The Post-Master’s Certificate in Superintendent Endorsement Only will be awarded to students who complete the 33 credit-hour program with a grade of “B-” or better in each required course. Students must meet all Illinois licensure requirements.

The following are the required courses to complete the certificate:

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