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Superintendentís Letter of Eligibility

Breiseth Hall • 570-408-7388 (T) • 570-408-4905 (F) • Email

Application Process: The application for this program is not available online.

The admission requirements and application appear below. Applications must download the admission materials and mail these to the attention of Graduate Admissions. 

Earn your Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility in a convenient hybrid format. Our post-graduate program is designed for K-12 administrators seeking certification to excel in a superintendent role. The program emphasizes leadership skills while providing theoretical knowledge and practical instruction. PDE required field hours and an internship to experience the role of the superintendent are also required.  

Upon successful completion of the program, in addition to meeting PDE requirements, students will be recommended for the Letter of Eligibility. 

Areas of study include:
  • technology leadership,
  • human resource management and labor relations,
  • professional development and supervision,
  • advanced educational law,
  • strategic planning,
  • special education administration,
  • school finance and facilities,
  • curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

This PDE-approved program consists of 30-credits, which includes:
  • eight, 3-credit courses offered in a blended format (with field work totaling 180 hours),
  • 6-credits of a 180-hour internship at the superintendent’s level.

Hybrid format*

Classes are conducted in a convenient hybrid format, blending face-to-face classes and online learning. Students can take face-to-face classes on the Wilkes campus or at the Wallenpaupack Area School District, 2552 Route 6 in Hawley.

The Wilkes Ed.D.
Accepted students may elect to apply for admission to Wilkes University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) during or at the conclusion of the program. The successful completion of this 30-credit certificate program satisfies the K-12 Administrative specialization requirements for the Ed.D. 30 additional credits, which includes advanced leadership, research, and dissertation coursework are required to earn the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Students must hold a Pennsylvania administrative or supervisory certificate and a master’s degree from an accredited institution for admittance. Candidates must have three years of satisfactory administrative or supervisory experience to be recommended for the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.
Admissions requirements for the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility:
  • Master’s degree in education or related field from an accredited institution
  • Current PA administrative or supervisory certificate
Application deadline for spring 2014: Dec. 9
Classes start: Jan. 18
Return completed application to:
Wilkes University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
84 W. South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766 
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 5535

Program Requirements

K-12 Administration courses for Superintendent Certification (30 credits)
Pennsylvania Department of Education required field hours and approved Act 45 courses are noted after course titles.
NOTE: ED 658 and 659 must be taken last in the program. 
  • ED 623 Educational Technology Leadership (field hours)
  • ED 625 Professional Development and Supervision (field hours/PDE approved for Act 45 credit)
  • ED 627 Advanced Issues in Educational Law
  • ED 628 Human Resource Development and Labor Negotiations
  • ED 629 Strategic Planning and Thinking
  • ED 650 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (field hours)
  • ED 652 Special Education Administration (field hours)
  • ED 654 School Finance and Facilities Administration
  • ED 658 Advanced Studies in School District Leadership (90-hour internship)
  • ED 659 Superintendent Internship (90-hour internship)


Prior Graduate Coursework

Prior graduate-level coursework may be applied from an accredited institution to the superintendent certification program. This coursework must be equivalent to courses in the program and be completed within the last six years with a grade of 3.0 or better. Official transcripts must be provided.

Graduate credits taken in Wilkes Graduate Education programs must also be reviewed using this form; an official Wilkes transcript is not needed. Pass/fail grades are not transferable unless the "pass" can be substantiated in writing as a grade by the former institution. You may be asked to provide a course description and course syllabus to make a final determination of course equivalency. A review form to evaluate previous graduate coursework is available upon request.

All courses taken in the Wilkes program require a minimum grade of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $565 per credit.


For more information:
  • Admission Information
    Holly Fry
    Graduate Admissions Specialist
    (800) WILKES-U Ext. 5535
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