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New Superintendent Certification Program Launched

Date: 4/28/2010

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.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.