Academic Catalog

Superintendent Certification

Program Description

School of Education Graduate Faculty

The Superintendent Certification program is based on the National Educational Preparation (NELP) standards and emphasizes the knowledge and skills appropriate to district-level administrative assignments in the P–12 setting such as superintendent, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent, directors, and other similar roles.

The program will equip graduates to:

  • Develop and implement a vision for learning that is supported by school and community stakeholders.
  • Sustain a coherent professional development and instructional program conducive to student learning.
  • Effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with families and community members to mobilize resources in responding to diverse community interests and needs.
  • Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  • Understand and appropriately respond to the political, social, and cultural dynamics of a school district.

When students possess the necessary prerequisite requirements and successfully complete this program, they will qualify for the Washington state Initial School Superintendent’s Certificate. 

The Superintendent Certification program fulfills in part the specialization requirement for the Doctor of Education degree (EdD) at Seattle Pacific University.