Education Administration and Leadership & Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

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Doctor of Education: Education Administration and Leadership 

  • Ed.D. only - Credits: 39 (program code: 0451)
  • Ed.D. + SLE - Credits: 57 credits (program code: 0450)

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

Program Description

Education Administration and Leadership 

The Doctor of Education in Education Administration and Leadership (EdD) with Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification option is designed for individuals seeking their Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification and doctorate.  The program of study is comprised of three areas:

  • Leadership and Research Courses
  • Certification and Concentration Courses
  • Capstone Project Courses

The online doctoral degree program provides education administrators with the knowledge and applied skills required to manage a school district or other academic enterprise.

*Note: The Doctor of Education in Education Administration and Leadership (EdD Only) option is designed for individuals already holding their Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE) certification.  Students who have already completed the superintendent certification (and meet the admission requirements) will be granted advanced standing in the doctoral program.

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE) 

The 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.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery) 

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

Accreditation

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification 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).

Curriculum - Doctor of Education: Education Administration and Leadership

Doctor of Education: Administration and Leadership (Ed.D. Only)

Course Credits
Core - Leadership and Research 12
EAL 701  Leadership I  3
EAL 702  Leadership II 3
EAL 703  Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership 3
EAL 704  Quantitative Research in Educational Leadership 3
   
Concentration Courses 15
SLE 720  District Leadership for Public Relations and Marketing 3
SLE 730  District Leadership for Legal Issues in Education 3
SLE 740  District Leadership for Finances 3
SLE 750  District Leadership for Human Resources 3
SLE 760  District Leadership Field Project - Fiscal Responsibility 3
   
Capstone 12
EAL 705  Introduction to Capstone Research 3
EAL 706  Capstone 1 – Research Question/Review of Literature 3
EAL 707  Capstone 2 – Methods/Data Collection 3
EAL 708  Capstone 3 – Data Analysis/Results/Recommendations 3
Total 39

The Doctor of Education in Education Administration and Leadership (EdD Only) option is designed for individuals already holding their Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE) certification. Students who have already completed the superintendent certification (and meet the admission requirements) will be granted advanced standing in the doctoral program.



Doctor of Education: Administration and Leadership (Ed.D. + SLE)

Course Credits
Core - Leadership and Research 12
EAL 701  Leadership I  3
EAL 702  Leadership II 3
EAL 703  Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership 3
EAL 704  Quantitative Research in Educational Leadership 3
   
Concentration Courses  33
SLE 701  Administration Theory, Organization, and Operation 3
SLE 704  Technology and Facilities Development 3
SLE 705  Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership/Supervision 3
SLE 707  Strategic Planning/Policy Analysis/Board Relations 3
SLE 708  Internship I 3
SLE 708  Internship II 3
SLE 720  District Leadership for Public Relations and Marketing 3
SLE 730  District Leadership for Legal Issues in Education 3
SLE 740  District Leadership for Finances 3
SLE 750  District Leadership for Human Resources 3
SLE 760  District Leadership Field Project - Fiscal Responsibility 3
   
Capstone 12
EAL 705  Introduction to Capstone Research 3
EAL 706  Capstone 1 – Research Question/Review of Literature 3
EAL 707  Capstone 2 – Methods/Data Collection 3
EAL 708  Capstone 3 – Data Analysis/Results/Recommendations 3
Total 57

The Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification plus Doctor of Education in Education Administration and Leadership (EdD Only) option is designed for individuals seeking their Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE) certification and the EdD.

Curriculum - Certificate: Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

Course Credits
SLE 701  Administration Theory, Organization and Operation (PIL approved)  3
SLE 704  Technology and Facilities Development (PIL approved) 3
SLE 705  Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership/Supervision (PIL approved) 3
SLE 707  Strategic Planning/Policy Analysis/Board Relations (PIL approved) 3
SLE 708  Internship Part 1 3
SLE 708  Internship Part 2 3
Total 18


Completion of an approved certification program is one 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 review the Pennsylvania Department of Education certification requirements before beginning Cal U's program. The endorsement for certification process must be initiated by the student once they have met all state requirements.

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 by clicking here.

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 supervisory/administrative position as defined by PDE. 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.

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.

Program Website

Education Administration and Leadership Online Doctorate

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Online Certificate Program

For Additional Information

Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

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)
         

Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/silvia-braidic.aspx
Email: braidic@calu.edu
Phone:
724-938-4757

Program Faculty

J. Kevin Lordon, Ed.D., (University of Pittsburgh), M.Ed. (Duquesne University), B.S. (Edinboro University), Associate Professor, Full-time Faculty

Mary Wolf, Ed.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Elementary/Secondary Principal Certification (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), B.S., M.S. (Clarion University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor, Full-time Faculty

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/