Superintendent Certification Program – Asbury University
Shapemaximize playTriangle

Program Overview

Our mission as the School of Education is to facilitate the preparation of professional educators who embody world-class academic excellence, spiritual integrity, and servant leadership. The School of Education of Asbury University is committed to preparing educators for the schools of today and tomorrow using a Clinical-Based Preparation Model. This creates a clinical learning environment conducive to individual professional growth while embracing an ever-widening educational partnership with schools and business agencies both local and worldwide. Within a framework of moral stewardship and through diverse and exemplary models of teaching, the School of Education strives to enable its students to become facilitators of student success.

Course Plan

Fall 1

▾ LDG 708 - Roles/Responsibilities of the Superintendent

This course is a combination of clinical field experiences and class work, offered in an online environment but utilizing ‘face to face’ opportunities as well (hybrid model). Course themes include the study of the specific tasks of a school district superintendent, including leadership theory/development, school-based councils, board leadership and its impact on student learning, time management, culturally responsive leadership, capacity building, and ethics. Candidates will collaborate with a current school superintendent in designing and developing a Capstone Project that can be utilized by the participating district.

Credits: 3

▾ LDG 709 - Instructional Planning for Student Learning

This course is a combination of clinical field experiences and class work, offered in an online environment but utilizing ‘face to face’ opportunities as well (hybrid model). Course themes include the study of community engagement focused on student learning, board leadership and its impact on student learning, district-wide aligned and rigorous standards-based curriculum that prepares students to be globally competitive for post-secondary education and work, and empowering school and district staff to provide academic and holistic support to at-risk students. Candidates will collaborate with a current school superintendent in designing and developing a Capstone Project that can be utilized by the participating district.

Credits: 3

Spring 1

▾ LDG 711 - School District Management

This course is a combination of clinical field experiences and class work, offered in an online environment but utilizing ‘face to face’ opportunities as well (hybrid model). Course themes include the study of school finance, working with personnel, food service, transportation, school safety, district management of programs and services, and school based councils. This course is grounded in the principals of organizational health and servant leadership. Candidates will collaborate with a current superintendent in designing and developing a course project that can be utilized by the participating district.

Credits: 3

▾ LDG 712 - Systems for Change

This course is a combination of clinical field experiences and class work, offered in an online environment but utilizing ‘face to face’ opportunities as well (hybrid model). Course themes include developing skills that facilitate rigorous curriculum, engaging instruction, professional development, a comprehensive and effective assessment system, and design of preschool, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent and adult education that is based on research and best practice. Candidates will collaborate with a current school superintendent in designing and developing a course project that can be utilized by the participating district.

Credits: 3

Unique Features

  • Learn from a team of Asbury educational leadership faculty and current/retired school superintendents
  • Option 6 Provisional Certification is available for candidates who begin serving as school superintendents before completing the program
  • Classes delivered through a co-taught online platform

Exit Requirements

  • Completion of four course sequence with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Complete a minimum of 60 clinical hours with an experienced superintendent
  • Successful completion of the Capstone Project and presentation
  • Complete the ETS School Superintendent Assessment (6021)
  • 2 years of administrative experience (as principal, instructional supervisor, guidance counselor, DPP, DoSE, school business administrator, or supervisor of district-wide services)
  • Cumulative passing score of 3 or above on a 5 point scale on the faculty dispositions evaluations

Admissions Process

Superintendent Program Requirements

  • Master’s Degree (3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current qualifications for KY Teaching Certification
  • Completion of Levels I and II preparation and certification for the position of school principal, or supervisor of instruction; OR for a candidate who completed preparation for principal prior to 1988, completion of the assessments for administration; and completion of at least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience, including at least 140 days per year.

Applicant Portfolio

  • Written letter of recommendation from a supervisor/education agency representative attesting to applicant’s suitability for school leadership
  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Character and Fitness Form (digitally sent after applying)
  • University Screening Committee Interview