Superintendent Licensure

Educational Leadership

Superintendent Licensure

This 36-credit hour program prepares you for for district-level leadership positions, including (but not limited to) superintendent. If you are licensed as a superintendent, you may also serve as building-level administrators in schools serving those grades in which you have at least three years of teaching experience.

To earn this license, candidates must:

  • Hold a proficient practitioners license
  • Earn an Ed.S. or Ed.D. degree*
  • Complete this 36-credit licensure program

*Licensure course work overlaps substantially with both the Ed.S. and Ed.D. program.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Jul 1
    Spring Dec 1
    Summer Apr 1
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
    • Tuition and Fees

      Per credit hour

      IN Resident$450.93

      *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

    • Funding
      • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships available to graduate students.
      • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
      • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
      • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
    • Program of Study
      • A560 Political Perspectives of Education
      • A600 Problems in Educational Leadership
      • A615 Advanced School Law
      • A631 Microeconomic Applications to Education
      • A653 Organizational Context of Education
      • A638 Public School Personnel Management
      • A640 Planning Educational Facilities
      • A671 Planning and Change in Educational Organizations or
        • A672 Moral Dimensions of Leadership
      • H504 History of American Education
      • J630 Curriculum Theory and Practice (or other curriculum course)
      • P507 Assessment in Schools or A629 Data-Informed Decision Making for School Leaders
      • A785 Internship in Educational Leadership

      Please note A675 and A720 can be substituted for any of the courses above with advisor approval. Please work with your advisor as some of the other courses may be able to be substituted.

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    Associate Professor and Department Chair

    Research Areas:
    Educational Leadership; Instructional Leadership; Leadership Development; Resource Allocation; School and District Improvement; Improvement Science
    (812) 856-8235
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    Professor; Director, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP)

    Research Areas:
    Education policy; school choice; access and equity; research utilization
    (812) 856-8389
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    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Research Areas:
    Principal and superintendent leadership; school finance
    (812) 856-1373
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    Assistant Professor

    Research Areas:
    Leadership preparation; principal's role in teacher development and career trajectories; education policy
    (812) 856-8254
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    Research Areas:
    K-12 and higher education law; education policy, education governance, charter schools

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