Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Online Certificate Program

About Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

Turn your vision into action as a school or district superintendent.

Advance your career in education by enrolling in PennWest California's superintendent letter of eligibility program. Combining 100% online courses with real-world field and internship experiences, this state-approved program provides you with the university endorsement required for certification as a superintendent in Pennsylvania.

Go beyond the textbook. Discover how PennWest California helps leaders learn.

  • Personalized learning focuses on useful, job-related experiences.
  • A minimum of 360 hours of field and internship experiences enables you to work with school and district-level administrators.
  • Strong partnerships between the University and Pennsylvania school districts provide relevant experiential learning in administrative leadership.


Learn from the Best: Program courses are taught by faculty and some of the top district-level leaders. Practicum and internship experiences also allow for on-site training in leadership and management job skills with public school personnel and other experts in administrative leadership. 

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


All program professors are practicing or former school and district-level leaders, and many are PennWest California graduates.
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This program can be completed in 12 months of part-time study.
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Program Benefits

The many benefits of PennWest California's superintendent letter of eligibility program include the ability to:

  • Earn your certificate while working full time.
  • Gain a career advantage by working with seasoned leaders.
  • Take advantage of cohort connections to network and learn about different district practices.  
  • Work with district-level administrators to engage in school improvement projects.
  • Focus on problem solving and applications conducted in field settings.
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Graduate Outcomes

PennWest California's superintendent letter of eligibility program prepares you for the problems faced by chief school administrators and teaches you the preventive measures and diagnostic techniques necessary to resolve these problems. Superintendent letter of eligibility program alumni go on to successful careers as superintendents, assistant superintendents, supervisors of curriculum and instruction, and other leadership roles in elementary, middle and secondary education.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

This graduate certificate program emphasizes courses and fieldwork that enables leaders to learn and apply the skills necessary to improve the school's central office administrative functions. Completion of an approved certification program is a requirement for certification in Pennsylvania. Students seeking certification in a state other than Pennsylvania should check their respective state Department of Education requirements.



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

Program Catalog

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Master's or Doctorate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited graduate institution
  • Copy of all certifications
    • Should include Administrative Certification (i.e. Principal’s K-12 Certification) or Supervisory Certification (i.e. Curriculum Supervisor, Special Education Supervisor).  Applicants should review PDE guidelines to assure they can meet certification requirements. 
  • A letter of endorsement from applicant's Superintendent
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A completed Applicant Data Sheet
  • Statement of career goals and degree objectives
  • Note:  At the completion of the program and upon application for endorsement for certification from PDE, you will be required to provide verification of completion of the required years of relevant administrative/supervisory experience from your district as per PDE guidelines.  Currently this requirement includes “evidence of six years of satisfactory school experience, of which three must be in a supervisory or an administrative capacity.” Also, applicants must currently hold an administrative/supervisory position in order to be able to meet internship requirements and PDE certification guidelines.  Please refer to the PDE website for the most current details to assure you can meet the work service requirement.
  • International Global Online Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements
Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements: 

  • Master's or Doctorate degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Copy of all certifications
    • Should include Administrative Certification (i.e. Principal’s K-12 Certification) or Supervisory Certification (i.e. Curriculum Supervisor, Special Education Supervisor).  All submissions will be reviewed to verify that candidates meet the necessary state requirements as they pertain to certification. 
  • A completed Applicant Data Sheet and/or a current resume or curriculum vitae

Provisional Admission
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
PennWest California
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348 

Out of State Students:
Out of state students are welcome to apply but should first contact their state department of education for further information regarding certification requirements and reciprocity agreements.

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Learn From a "Learning Ninja"

Meet Dr. Todd Keruskin '02, assistant superintendent at Elizabeth Forward School District. Like many program professors, he is a PennWest California alumnus who is also a top administrative leader. Dr. Keruskin's district technology initiatives have earned him a "Learning Ninja" Digital Innovative Learning Award and an Apple Distinguished Program Award. His district also was named among the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and won a National " Schools to Watch" Award.

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District Improvement Projects

Apply knowledge that promotes success. As part of PennWest California's emphasis on experiential education, your courses and internship projects will be directly related to improving your school district through gap identification, data analysis and addressing specific needs.

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Personalized Support

We make sure you get the support you need. In PennWest California's superintendent letter of eligibility program you will be assigned a personal adviser who will connect you with potential job openings and keep you up to date on state requirements. You also will have regular communications with a University internship supervisor and will work with an internship mentor who is a certified superintendent in your district.

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Faculty

Dr. Silvia Braidic
Professor and coordinator, Administrative Leadership programs

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Dr. Todd E. Keruskin
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. J. Kevin Lordon
Associate Professor

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Dr. Megan Mealie
Adjunct Professor/Supervisor of Student Teaching

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