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The Doctoral program’s Educational Leadership concentration is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for the Superintendent endorsement. Individuals must be admitted to the Doctoral program in the College of Education and complete requirements of the program to qualify for the Superintendent endorsement.  

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admissions into the Superintendent’s Endorsement program, students must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have a previous GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. In addition, students should have experience in an educational role, demonstration of leadership or leadership potential. Candidates for the Superintendent’s Endorsement program must submit he following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:

  • A completed application
  • Application fee ($40.00)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from faculty in the applicant’s master’s program
  • A personal statement (approximately three pages) in which the applicant discusses why he or she is interested in
    further study and articulates an issue or problem of interest or concern
  • A writing sample, preferably a course paper from the applicant’s master’s program; alternatively, applicants can write a short academic response to readings provided (upon request) by the doctoral program
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
Additionally, candidates seeking the Superintendent’s Endorsement are required to have a valid Illinois teaching license with at least two years of teaching experience and provide evidence of two years of full-time administrative experience on a valid administrative license with the general administrative endorsement. Candidates will also be required to pass the Basic Skills/TAP and Superintendent content-area tests.

ISBE states the following guidelines:

Individuals seeking the Superintendent endorsement must: 
  1. complete an approved superintendent program at an Illinois institution
  2. hold a Master’s degree
  3. provide proof of 2 years of full-time administrative experience on a valid administrative license with the general administrative endorsement
  4. pass the Basic Skills/TAP and Superintendent content-area tests

Upon completion of the Superintendent program and the endorsement’s additional requirements, students must apply for their certificate. Students are to work with the College of Education’s Licensure Officer when applying for the certificate.

Please view the Educational Leadership (EDD) Degree Requirement section for all courses needed to complete the degree and Superintendent Internship*.

The Superintendent endorsement requires  an additional 4 quarter hours for the internship course. ​

*Superintendent Internship: 4 quarter hours required

*Students interested in the Superintendent Endorsement must complete the Superintendent Internship.  This course is completed in addition to the required 76-credit hours for the Ed.D. degree.