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Washington State University
College of Education

Superintendent Certification

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WSU’s Educational Leadership Program offers administrator certification programs for superintendent. All programs are fully accredited by Washington State and are designed to prepare educators to be successful leaders for K-12 school improvement. WSU’s certification programs are designed around the Washington State Standards/National Educational Leadership Program (NELP).

Superintendent certification program

WSU’s field-based superintendent’s certification program has been recognized nationally for its innovative structure and success in preparing K-12 school superintendents. The program is designed around the NELP Standards for School Leaders and emphasizes leadership for school improvement.

The two-year program includes four courses (12 semester credit hours) delivered through 16 weekend seminars conducted at locations around Washington State, as well as a two-year internship.

Highly experienced superintendents as well as WSU academic faculty members collaborate in designing and delivering the program.

WSU’s field-based superintendent’s certification program is administered through the Spokane campus, and more information (including program requirements and application procedures) can be obtained from the WSU Spokane website.