Field-Based Superintendent Certification

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Department of Educational Leadership, Sports Studies and Educational/Counseling Psychology

The Field-Based Superintendent Certification Program prepares school district leaders to meet the leadership challenges of the 21st century.  The program is specifically designed to engage and mentor current building principals and mid-level administrators in the skills needed to provide leadership that leads to improvements in student learning. 

The Field-Based Superintendent Certification Program is a two-year 24-credit program, with an internship occurring concurrently with course work. Candidates meet once a month for eight months each year at various locations throughout the state. Most seminars begin Friday afternoon and conclude Saturday afternoon.

Application process

Obtain a departmental application portfolio from Kelly LaGrutta at 509-358-7942 or lagrutta@wsu.edu. Applications are reviewed at the Spokane campus, and Vancouver student files are then transferred to the College of Education at WSU Vancouver. You must also complete the Graduate School Application.

The priority application deadline is April 15  for fall cohort admission. Admission requires a valid Administrative Certificate and the support of your district superintendent.


Adding the Doctor of Education degree

In conjunction of Superintendent Certification, WSU Vancouver also offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. Students who have completed the superintendent’s program can apply all of the course credits toward the Ed.D. program of study. Adding the doctoral degree requires additional classes to total 72 credits.