This is a formal licensure area for Minnesota schools. Licensure is a state function through the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA), for which the WSU Education Leadership Department is an approved program. Wisconsin accepts the WSU endorsement for Superintendent and Iowa requires that the candidate receive a Minnesota K-12 Principal license. The Minnesota Superintendent license is accepted for at least a provisional principalís license in many states.†
The†superintendency†is also an emphasis within the Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) in Education Leadership. The EdS degree requires the same coursework and experiences as licensure with the addition of 6 credits related to research and scholarly study.
The Superintendent program†is designed for individuals who wish to achieve proficiency beyond the Master's degree in the leadership role specific to that of school superintendent. This program is also for individuals who wish to pursue a degree higher than the Master's degree for greater competency in non-licensure roles such as:
Licensure OptionLicensure as a Superintendent requires that you have completed three years as a teacher in the area in which you were certified. Licensure as a Superintendent requires the following coursework:
Up to 20 graduate credits (beyond the MS degree) may be transferred into a licensure-only program.
For the Education Specialist Degree you must complete a minimum of 30 credits beyond the Masterís Degree. This includes:
Up to 10 graduate credits (beyond the MS degree) may be transferred into a WSU EdS degree.
Any graduate coursework taken in leadership may be used to waive required coursework. Extended experience in a specific area of leadership may be considered when completing a program of study. See your academic advisor for details.†
Core EdS Courses (24 S.H.)
EL 612 - Systems Thinking† (3 S.H.) [previously EL 601]†
Application for Admission to Candidacy (Ed.S.)
Students must submit the†Application for Admission to Candidacy (PDF)†to the graduate office before completing 16 graduate credits. This form is a studentís program plan and is to be completed in conjunction with his or her advisor.
Applying for Licensure as Superintendent
Candidates for licensure must be approved by the Licensing Review Panel before being endorsed for a †Minnesota and/or Wisconsin license. All course work and internships must have been completed before meeting with the panel in early June or December.
The WSU Licensing Review Panel reviews each candidateís preparation and personally interviews the candidate.†This panel of practicing school leaders and professors is intended to verify the studentís active and successful participation in a program of study leading to the license.†Students need to contact the department chair (in April or October) as they near the end of their program, for inclusion on the panelís agenda.
When applying for a superintendent licensure, the BOSA Competency Matrix for Superintendent (PDF) must be completed. If the candidate is applying for licensure as a K-12 principal and as a superintendent, the†BOSA Competency Matrix for K-12 & Superintendent (PDF) should be completed.†Instructions (PDF) for completing the BOSA Competency Form are provided.
To apply for a Minnesota state license, visit the Minnesota Department of Education†website and log in or create an account to access the application form. To apply for a Wisconsin state license, complete the†WI †PI 1612 Institutional Endorsements and Assurances (PDF) form provided.
Each internship is 160 hours and†meaningfully immersed in the environment, activities, decisions and tasks of a superintendent.†The†site for the internship is initiated by the student and a site supervisor (a practicing superintendent) approached.†The University Internship Supervisor will finalize these arrangements or can assist in finding a site and site supervisor. Site visits by the University Supervisor are used to initiate a list of activities for the semester and review the candidateís engagement at the end of the semester.†A reflective journal is kept to personalize the internship experiences and formalize connections to course work and leadership theories.
Field Study-- Specialist Degree (EdS)
EL 789 - Writing Seminar: Ed.S. Field Study (3 S.H.)