New Superintendent Certification Program Launched

superintendentBIG.png Helping students to reach their potential takes more than administrative training — it takes leadership. That's why Alvernia University is now offering a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification program for graduate students.

The new program provides an opportunity for students to obtain a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certification that will open doors for several positions, including superintendent, assistant superintendent, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, supervisor of pupil personnel services, and elementary, middle, or secondary principal.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of education administrators will grow,” said Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, associate professor and coordinator of the Principal and Superintendent’s letter certification programs. “So our students can be in demand, while doing what they love.”

Alvernia has designed this unique program for educators seeking educational leadership positions. It is designed to prepare them to be strategic system leaders who can effectively and ethically bring about continuous system improvements that result in increased student achievement.

Spencer S. Stober, professor of biology — who was instrumental in getting the program off the ground, believes that earning the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility certification while working toward a Ph.D. in leadership is a dynamic experience filled with theory and practice.

“This program combines a number of unique features not generally found in most superintendent certification programs,” he said. “It aims to develop self-directed and competent district-wide administrators who are capable of decision-making in all phases of their professional responsibilities.”

Certification by the state of Pennsylvania requires a minimum of five years of building administrative experience as a certified principal or assistant principal. The five years of administrative experience must be completed before endorsement will be granted by the university.

Click here for more information about this and other graduate programs offered through Alvernia University.
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