Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    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.

    School Overview

    University of Kentucky is a four-year public school located in Lexington, Kentucky. UK was founded by John Bowman in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. The school is the largest college/university in the state of Kentucky with 28,094 students as of Fall 2011. UK’s campus is about 80 miles south of Cincinnati and 200 miles northeast of Nashville. The campus lies on over 800 acres and has 15 libraries in that area. The campus is divided roughly into three parts: the North campus, the Central campus, and the South campus.

    University of Kentucky offers bachelor’s degrees, certificates, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, and hundreds of degree programs. 


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