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District Superintendent



Program Title

District Superintendent

Degree Designation


Award Type

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Program Level


Instruction Mode

On Campus, Online Plus - Hybrid

Program Description

The District Superintendent Graduate Certificate in the Educational Administration and Leadership program develops leaders for Minnesota's schools. The program provides coursework leading to eligibility for a District Superintendent license and is accredited by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA). Courses offered are competency-based and focused on developing the skills and personal traits necessary for successful school administration and leadership. This program is student-centered and provides advanced principles of leadership to guide the practice of educational leaders so they can meet the needs of all learners and achieve more equitable outcomes. As learning organizations and society continue to evolve, this program is designed to ensure that educational leaders are ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of today and the future. This certificate program is delivered through a variety of delivery modes to meet the needs of our professional learners. Upon completion of the District Superintendent graduate certificate a graduate may choose to pursue a doctorate of education, using select courses from this certificate.


College of Education and Learning Design



Admission Requirements

What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?

Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Minimum undergraduate GPA for admission


Other requirements applicants MUST complete prior to admission.

A previous Educational Administration masters or related degree is required.

Required GPA for graduation


Number of credits in program



Program Learning Outcomes


Assess varied and competing interests to ensure the mission and vision and core values of the school district are aligned with culturally responsive practices.


Determine factors that affect school finance and organization operations including sources of revenue and expenditures to produce a safe and efficient learning environment.


Examine the political processes that impact ethical decision making at the district-level.


Apply statutory regulations affecting the governance of personnel, fiscal, and other district functions.


Demonstrate effective skills in communication leadership between the school district and internal and external constituencies to ensure healthy professional relationships.

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