Superintendent/School District Administrator Licensure

Become a school superintendent and deliver an impact in communities and school districts. The superintendent certificate is designed for licensed school leaders who are driven to solve complexities, be innovative and change the educational landscape for the better.

Superintendent Licensure Program Overview

The knowledge base for the certificate program in the superintendency builds on the belief that the success of students and teachers rests in part on the leadership in their schools.  As a result, this program is designed for students who have completed master’s degrees and have been certified as school principals.

The curriculum is based on the current Wisconsin administrative content standards for the superintendency, including current research and new conceptions of organizations, leadership, relationships between school districts and their communities, and institutional change.

At program completion, certificates are granted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For more information about education certificates and licensure programs, visit the Marquette University Bulletin

Program Requirements

Eligibility for the superintendent certificate includes the following required prerequisites and course work. For more information, visit the Graduate School Bulletin.

Prerequisites for Licensure

  • Wisconsin Teaching license
  • Three years of teaching experience
  • Master’s degree
  • Principal license

Required Course Work - 27 Credits

Course Name


The Superintendency 3
Advanced Personnel Leadership 3
Advanced Politics and Community Relations in Educational Organizations 3
Advanced Theory and Practice in Educational Finance 3
Advanced Program Planning and Evaluation in Educational Settings 3
History of Education in the United States 3
Curriculum Leadership 3
Advanced Practicum in Educational Leadership 3
Elective Course (students choose with consultation with their advisor) 3
Total Credit Hours: 27


Take the next step towards your future

Application requirements and other important information about Superintendent certificate program at Marquette University are detailed below. We also encourage and welcome prospective students to visit us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and take a tour of the College of Education facilities on the Marquette University campus. 


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To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Application Requirements

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

March 31 is the priority deadline for summer admission; applications received after this date are considered as space permits. Applications should be received no later than July 15 for consideration for admission for the fall term, if space allows.

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.