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