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Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility
Credits:  18-27  (program code: 0455)

Program Description

The superintendent letter of eligibility (SLE) program provides an opportunity for a graduate student to obtain certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a superintendent. Although not required for admission to the program, certification by the state of Pennsylvania requires a minimum of six years of professional certified service in the basic schools, three years of which shall have been in administration or supervision. The three years of administrative or supervision experience must be completed before certification endorsement will be granted by the University.

Cal U's professional and knowledgeable faculty is drawn from the ranks of practicing school superintendents that represent the best of school leadership in southwestern Pennsylvania. All faculty members have extensive experience as teachers and administrators in area public schools.

Program Objectives

  • Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a district vision of learning supported by the school district community.
  • Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.

  • Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  • Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairly and in an ethical manner.
  • Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

The internship provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in the program objectives through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel for graduate credit.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery) 

Classes are conducted online with field experiences and internships taking place at the student’s school site.

Accreditation

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this online program meets state educational requirements for certification as a superintendent. The program complies with Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards and Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards (ELCC), and may be used to meet certification and professional development requirements in other states. The coursework has also been approved by the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program (PIL).

Admissions Criteria

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA in a master's or doctorate degree verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution
  • A completed Applicant Data Sheet (see program website)
  • A copy of Pennsylvania Instructional II certification (or equivalent) and any other professional certificates held.   (Pennsylvania state certification as a principal is recommended but not required.)
  • A letter of endorsement from the chief school administrator in the school district of current employment
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A statement of career goals and degree objectives
  • Graduate School Application plus $25 non-refundable application fee

Special Program Requirements

Although not required for admission, certification by the state of Pennsylvania requires a minimum of six years of professional certified service in the basic schools, three of which shall have been in administration. These three years must be completed before certification endorsement will be granted by the University. These can be obtained before, after or during participation in the program.

Curriculum

18-27 credits depending on previously completed coursework. Program may be completed in 12 months of part-time study.

Sample Course Sequence:

Spring Semester
Course NameCredits
SLE 701 Administration Theory, Organization and Operation (PIL approved)3
SLE 708 Internship (PIL approved)3
Summer Semester
Course NameCredits
SLE 704 Technology and Facilities Development (PIL approved)3
SLE 705 Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership/Supervision (PIL approved)3
Fall Semester
Course NameCredits
SLE 707 Strategic Planning/Policy Analysis/Board Relations (PIL approved)3
SLE 708 Internship (PIL approved)3

Note:

Completion of an approved certification program is a requirement for certification in Pennsylvania. In the certification process, the University informs the state that a student has completed the University's state-approved program. The state then reviews the student's credentials and determines eligibility for certification. We encourage all students to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education before beginning Cal U's program for further information about certification requirements in Pennsylvania.

Students seeking certification in a state other than Pennsylvania must check their respective state Department of Education requirements and whether completing the superintendent letter of eligibility at Cal U will be accepted. Out-of-state students seeking Pennsylvania certification are required to notify the department of that intent in order to meet the Pennsylvania certification expectations. Additional information related to Pennsylvania certification can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website: www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pennsylvania_department_of_education/7237.

Transfer Credits

Request for transfer credit must occur once a student is officially accepted into the program and prior to beginning any coursework. At that time, contact the program coordinator for information on the transfer credit review process.

Advisement

Candidates in the SLE program receive academic and professional counseling throughout their enrollment in the program.  Each candidate is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with candidates to discuss, monitor and provide counseling as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
724-938-4187
gradschool@calu.edu

Program Coordinator

Silvia Braidic, Ed.D. and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (University of Pittsburgh); Administrative Certification: Concentration, Elementary and Secondary Pennsylvania Principal Certification (Carnegie Mellon University); M.S. Ed., B.S. Ed. (Duquesne University)
Web Page: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/silvia-braidic.aspx
Email:
braidic@calu.edu
Phone:
724-938-4757

Graduate Faculty

Brian Barnhart, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Executive Director, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Linda Hippert, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Executive Director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Todd E. Keruskin, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District
J. Kevin Lordon, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Full-time Faculty; Administrative Leadership Programs; Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership
Christine Patti, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Full-time Faculty; Administrative Leadership Programs; Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership
Brian Toth, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent of Schools, Belwood-Antis School District