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 Deadline
    FallJun 1May 1
    SpringNov 1Oct 1
    SummerApr 1Mar 1
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Not required for international students
      • Resume:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*

      *International students only

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Degree Requirements
  • Financial Aid
    • Learn about a variety of fellowships and travel awards that are 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

    Full course descriptions are available in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

    • 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.