College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Licensure & Endorsements > Superintendent Endorsement
The superintendent endorsement only program is designed to prepare graduate students for administrative positions in PK-12 public and private schools. Through coursework and supervised internships, students are provided with a rich knowledge base to analyze administrative practices and promote socially just leadership of schools and organizations with an educational purpose. The program’s schedule is flexible, allowing the student to attend full time or part time as their professional and personal schedules allow.
This program is uniquely designed to further the professional development of education professionals who wish to become leaders with the knowledge and skills to impact positive growth and change in schools, district offices, and at policy levels.
Graduates of this program are prepared to assume school and district administrative and supervisory roles.
Are you interested in enrolling in this program? View the admission requirements and application instructions below or contact the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405.
The superintendent endorsement program was designed in response to changes in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards for Superintendent Preparation Programs. The curriculum developed for this licensure program, is based upon the Educational Leadership Constituent Council’s (ELCC) Standards, State of Illinois Mandates, current research and updated practice.
The Principal Licensure program requires 13 courses (40 quarter hours) in Administration and Supervision, as well as an internship.
To be eligible for the Superintendent Preparation licensure program, students must hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. They must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher at the graduate level and 3.0 at the undergraduate level. Students must also possess at least two years of full time administrative or supervisory experience in either a public school district or a non-public school, hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (endorsed General Administrative). Out of state candidates must have the requisite experience while holding the appropriate certificate or license that is comparable to the Illinois credential.
To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:
Upon initial review, the process will include a required interview. Candidates will be expected to complete an on-site writing sample during the interview and submit a teaching portfolio.
The superintendent licensure program at DePaul University is an approved Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) program. It is a rigorous program preparing superintendents for work service in public and private schools in the state of Illinois.
This is a 40 quarter hour program, which leads to the State of Illinois’ superintendent licensure.
Specific requirements for entrance into the superintendent licensure program may be obtained from the office of graduate admissions or the LLC department office.
Individuals seeking the superintendent licensure must:
Upon successful completion of all superintendent licensure program requirements and any additional requirements, students must apply for their license. Students are to work with the College of Education's Licensure Officer when applying for the license.
Note: Courses in this program leading to the superintendent licensure are designed for practicing educators and are not open to students and any other program without the specific permission of the educational leadership program director.
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