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Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE) Program

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The Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE) program is an approved program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania leading toward the superintendent letter of eligibility certification. Completing an approved program is one requirement for certification. Additional requirements apply (work service and Praxis) as per Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines. The Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification allows one to serve as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, supervisor of pupil personnel services, and elementary, middle, or secondary principal.

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 Cal U.

Instructional Approaches:

  • Our program focuses on the active role of the learner, includes self-directed learning and provides useful, job-related information.
  • Inductive learning processes are infused throughout the program. Reflective-thinking activities are utilized.
  • Reality-oriented learning materials are used in all learning experiences. These materials stress techniques for creative problem solving.
  • Opportunities are provided for students to establish teaming within the program.
  • Through collaborative arrangement, students have access to many other schools where effective practices are occurring.
  • Partnership between practitioners, University and business leaders assumes the major role in delivering instruction.
  • Nationally recognized program by NCATE and ELCC (Educational Leadership Constituent Council).

All students note: This is a state-approved program that meets the requirements for completers to apply for certification. 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.

Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.

At the present time, we cannot confirm whether this program meets the requirements for certification in states other than Pennsylvania. Interested students may contact the Department of Education in their state to inquire about their requirements. A listing of state Departments of Education can be found on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Out-of-state students seeking Pennsylvania certification should notify us of that intent in order to meet the PA certification expectations. Additional information related to Pennsylvania certification can be located at the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.

Individuals must apply for endorsement for certification through the program coordinator to initiate the process.

Learn more about the online SLE curriculum.

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