Superintendent/District Leadership Licensure Program

Edgewood College is committed to making a life-changing education more affordable and accessible to more people than ever before. As part of the Graduate Affordability Promise, courses in the Superintendent Licensure Program are now $569 per credit.

The Superintendent/District Leadership concentration prepares you for a licensed position as a principal, superintendent, or other school site district administrators.

As a student enrolled in the Superintendent/District Leadership Licensure Program, you’ll explore your role as a leader, and build upon and extend your competence in the following areas as they relate to educational leadership: organizational analysis, educational change and reform, school law, public school finance, curriculum design and evaluation for administrators, school personnel administration, and educational policy. You will participate in field-based experiences as part of your courses.

This program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for PK-12 administration licenses. Students who have successfully completed the 24 credits in the Superintendent/District Leadership Licensure Program will have the opportunity to apply for the Superintendent License. As necessary for advance licensure, the principal license is also available through this program. Further, the Director of Instruction, Director of Student Services, and School Business Management licenses are available, although additional classes and experiences may be necessary for any of these three licensing areas.

Program Overview

  • 24 Credits
  • Includes Three Credit Practicum and Portfolio
  • 18 Months from Start to Completion
  • License(s) Completion in Fall to Allow for Spring Job Market
  • Over 125 Wisconsin Superintendents Have Completed This Program over the Past 18 years.
  • Continuing Study Opportunity for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through the Doctoral Completion Program upon Program Completion


  • Courses are offered on weekends in Madison at the Edgewood College Monroe Street Campus. Program delivery will to be blended and Cohort based.
  • Blending will consist of one full face to face day per credit and supplemental assignments. We make use of online resources and technology to accommodate busy schedules.
  • Classes begin in early September.

Admission Requirements

Application deadline - The priority application deadline for all 2020 PK-12 Leadership cohorts is July 15. Applications received after July 15 will be reviewed and accepted on a space-available basis.

  1. Complete and submit the Ed.D. application (Contact your admission counselor to find out how to apply for free.).
  2. Provide evidence of a master's degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  3. To qualify for the superintendent license, you must supply evidence of eligibility to hold a teacher or pupil services license in Wisconsin and demonstrate appropriate experience.
  4. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  5. Provide two letters of recommendation. Letters must attest to the applicant's ability to collaborate with colleagues and be successful as an educational leader. Letters should be mailed directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies, 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI 53711.
  6. Submit a letter of intent including a brief statement of the reason for pursuing the advanced educational leadership licensing, and a brief discussion about how the program can help the applicant reach personal and professional goals.
  7. Provide a resume or curriculum vitae that includes: but it not limited to the areas listed below:
    • Education: Major(s), schools attended, degrees obtained and dates of attendance
    • Professional positions held

Applicants may also include:

  • Presentations made to organizations, groups and professional associations
  • Honors/ awards received
  • Memberships in professional and other organizations
  • Community Service: Name(s) of organizations, description of activities and positions held
  • International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.

Contact Us
Joann Eastman
(608) 663-3250