Program Overview

Become a Superintendent to Have A Greater Impact on Learning

Aurora University’s online Superintendent Endorsement program takes you through ten courses of rigorous, ISBE-approved coursework to prepare you for excellence at every level as a school superintendent of K-12 schools and to sit for the Superintendent Endorsement exam.

Be ready to advance the learning of students with a variety of needs at all levels of their academic career with coursework that includes curriculum development and assessment for all students in K-12 schools.

Prepare to support your students, staff, and parents and to protect your schools by learning how to identify and solve issues in the district as you study organizational theory, law, HR, and coaching and mentoring.

Additionally, you’ll learn about policy and finance at the district level so you can prepare adequate budgets and set realistic goals.

Experienced faculty act as mentors throughout the program and are dedicated to helping you secure your internship. Classes are small, typically between 10 and 12 students, so you’ll get the individualized attention you need to succeed throughout the program.

You’ll complete the program with 30 hours of research coursework, dissertation hours, and superintendent internships in an Illinois School District, building valuable connections and experience.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:August 29, 2022
  • Est. Program Length:2 Years
  • Credit Hours:30
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$670

Course Offerings

To earn the Superintendent Endorsement, students must complete all 10 courses and sit for the exam.

  • EDU7133 Organizational Theory & Change Management (4)
  • EDU7335 Advanced School District Finance (3)
  • EDU7325 Curriculum and Assessment for K-12 Regular Education (3)
  • EDU7365 Advanced School Law and Human Resources (3)
  • EDU7355 Curriculum and Assessment for Special Populations (3)
  • EDU7345 Advanced Operations and System Management (3)
  • EDU7510 Superintendent and Policy (3)
  • EDU7715 Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 1 (2)
  • EDU7725 Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 2 (2)
  • EDU7735 Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 3 (2)

Dissertation and Internships

When you enter the program, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor that you’ll keep until it’s time for you to start your dissertation. At that point, you’ll select a dissertation chair from full-time faculty who will also serve as your advisor. You’ll complete a series of activities throughout a 365-day internship in a PK-12 setting — most of our students complete this in their own district.

We start this program three times a year in the spring, summer and fall. Applicants to the online Superintendent Endorsement program must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Required content for the admission portfolio includes:

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) showing completion of an appropriate master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at AU-Etranscripts@aurora.edu.
  • The names and addresses of at least two references. Possible references to consider include:
    • A person familiar with your academic work/previous master’s program professor.
    • A person familiar with your professional work, such as a principal, department chair, etc. (not the same person as below).
    • A person representing your school district or employer who can assess your leadership potential.
  • A curriculum vitae or detailed resume that includes your work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors, professional publications and/or presentations, and other relevant information relating to your leadership background.
  • A personal statement, approximately 1,000 to 2,000 words in length, describing your present goals and interests and showing their connection to prior experiences and to the EdD program.

Upon submission of a completed admissions portfolio, applicants must complete an interview with members of the School of Education faculty and submit a timed writing proficiency.

Transferable course credit is considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an enrollment counselor for more details.

AU Online’s Transfer Policy

Online Superintendent Endorsement in Illinois Career Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois is listed as one of the top five states with the highest level of employment in K-12 education administrators and states the annual mean wage is $105,660 in the Chicago/Naperville/Elgin area.

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