Superintendent License

Parents, teachers, and community leaders are looking for inspiring administrators to serve their neighborhoods and districts. At Bethel, we prepare superintendents to answer that call.

Superintendents leave Bethel ready to serve as public intellectuals—engaging community members in district efforts and using an ethical framework for making the tough decisions they face each day.

With a program retention rate of 97%, our students find that they can continue to serve as administrators or teachers while earning their license. Experiencing the right blend of challenging work and personal support.

Who is the superintendent license for?

This license is for educators who have 3 years of teaching experience and want to serve as a licensed superintendent. If you don’t have the required 3 years of teaching experience, you can add a teaching internship to meet the requirement.

The license builds skills in these key areas:

  • Leadership
  • Organizational management and communication
  • Diversity leadership
  • Policy, law, political influence, and governance
  • Community relations
  • Curriculum planning and development
  • Human resources management
  • Values and ethics of leadership
  • Judgment and problem analysis
  • Safety and security

How is the program structured?

The Superintendent license is offered through our cohort-based program completed over 3 years where students move through their courses with the same group of peers. All students also participate in an internship in their local area.

Program options for students:

  • Doctorate track: Earn your Superintendent license along with an educational administration license as part of the Doctor of Education program.
  • License-only track: Earn only the Superintendent license.

Students complete their course work online during the traditional school year and through 2-week residencies in the summer. Take a look at the sample schedule to get a feel for the typical program structure:

Year 1 Courses
Summer Residency (2 weeks)  Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Issues Impacting School Administration (EDUC800)
Online courses Principles of Organizational Leadership (EDUC805)
  Curriculum and Instructional Management, and Student Development (EDUC810)
  Technology in K-12 Education (EDUC815)
Year 2 Courses
Summer Residency (2 weeks) Leading in a Complex and Pluralistic Society (EDUC825)
Online courses Administration of Essential Educational Programs (EDUC830)
  Measurement and Assessment (EDUC835)
  Administrative Operations and Personnel Administration (EDUC840)
Year 3 Courses
Online courses Leaders as Agents of Change (EDUC855)
  Legal Issues in School Administration (EDUC860)
  Resource Management in K-12 Education (EDUC865)
Scheduled independently Comprehensive Examination and Portfolio Review (EDUC880)
  Superintendent  Internship (EDUC887)

Non-research courses are primarily built upon the core, principal, and superintendent competencies as identified in Minnesota Statute 3512.0400.

How is the license awarded?

The Superintendent license is awarded through the Minnesota Board of School Administrators after completing all required steps, including:

  • Superintendent Internship: A paid or unpaid school-based experience of at least 320 hours to be completed over 12 continuous months. Students are placed in their local area.
  • Electronic Portfolio: A portfolio demonstrating skills learned throughout the program through audio, video, and other forms of electronic documentation.
  • License Review Panel: A panel of practicing administrators and program directors reviews each student based on their eFolio, a presentation, and a question and answer session with the panel. A license application process is initiated for students who meet the standards. Students who do not meet the standards will work with their director and advisor to reinforce skills that need improvement.