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Supervisor and Superintendent Certifications

Program Details

The University of Kentucky (UK) offers a hybrid Superintendent Certification Program. The Superintendent Certification program intends to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare students to lead innovative and effective school districts. This program is research-based, designed for experienced school leaders, and may be completed in approximately six semesters. This certification program is unique because all cohorts are aligned with the annual superintendent work cycle. Being aligned with the superintendent’s schedule allows students to be mentored by experienced superintendents to help students gain professional knowledge as well as work-related learning.

The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive education. The University of Kentucky requires students to complete 12 credit hours to complete the program. Students will take the following courses: School Superintendency, School Superintendent Practicum I, School System Administration, The Superintendent Practicum II & III, and Strategic Management in Education.

Due to the hybrid nature of this course, students will complete online modules to help prepare them to participate in problem solving sessions with faculty, educational leaders and superintendents. The face-to-face sessions are conducted on specified Saturdays, during Kentucky association professional meetings and conferences.


The University of Kentucky requires all interested applicants to apply to the graduate school, have completed a principal certification program, have a valid principal license, and have completed two years as a successful principal, school counselor or school district-level administrator.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges