Wilkes University

Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility

Earn your Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility in a convenient hybrid format.

Our PDE-approved 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 are distributed throughout the program and include a focus on research-based leadership development. A culminating internship to experience the role of the superintendent is 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:
  • professional development and supervision,
  • ethical and research-driven leadership practice,
  • advanced educational law,
  • change leadership and strategic planning,
  • special education administration,
  • school finance and facilities,
  • curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Online Low-Residency Format

Classes are conducted in an engaging hybrid format, blending virtual face-to-face sessions with online learning. Students also will complete a four-day low residency on-campus twice during the program as part of an integrated field requirement.  These enriching residencies offer an authentic learning experience that satisfy the course field hour completion.  Essential to the program is this intensive time spent learning with peers and the ability to meet and connect with leadership faculty.

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 21-credit certificate program completes 21 of the 60 credits required for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a specialization in K-12 Administration. The remaining credits to earn the doctoral degree include advanced leadership, research, and dissertation credits.


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

Program Requirements

K-12 Administration courses for Superintendent Certification (21 credits)
Pennsylvania Department of Education required field hours are noted after course titles. All courses in the following course sequence have been approved for Act 45 credit.
NOTE: ED 659 must be taken last in the program. 
  • ED 615 Professional Seminar in Educational Leadership (integrated field hours/low residency)
  • ED 625 Professional Development and Supervision (integrated field hours/research)
  • ED 627 Advanced Issues in Educational Law(integrated field hours/research)
  • ED 629 Strategic Planning and Thinking (integrated field hours/low residency)
  • ED 672 Curriculum Design & Instructional Models (integrated field hours)
  • ED 654 School Finance and Facilities Administration (integrated field hours/research)
  • 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 2019-20 academic year is $772 per credit plus applicable fees.