Superintendent Certificate

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

The 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 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 and Admission

Admission to the Superintendent Certificate program requires a valid Teacher, ESA or Administrator Certificate, as well as school district support for the required internship. Applicants must also have completed a master’s degree.

A new cohort is admitted each August, and applications for the upcoming year are available in January each year. The priority application deadline is April 15, and late applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis into early summer. Contact Jennifer Gallagher at to get an application and additional program information.

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.