Certifications and Endorsements

  • Through a partnership between the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) and West Chester University, you can take the next step in your career as an educational leader by earning the certificate needed to be a superintendent or assistant superintendent! West Chester University (WCU) and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) are partnering to provide a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (LoE) program, endorsed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, that will prepare you to lead a school district during a time of change and complexity. 

    Earn your Graduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from WCU and your LoE certification through the CCIU in less than one year! This fully online four-course (12-credit) program will provide you with experience using strategic decision-making skills through both theoretical and practical experiences. Learn how to develop your strengths to have a greater impact as a school district leader.

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    WCU Graduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership

     

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    CCIU Superintendent Letter of Eligibility 

Pathways to Superintendency

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Program Highlights

  • Cohort model with Internship Advisors and rolling admissions

    • 12 credits/4 courses that are 7 weeks each with 45 hours of field experience per class
    • Hybrid online & in-person courses
    • Earn your certificate in as little as 2 semesters on Wednesday nights (Fall and Spring)
    • The curriculum builds practical knowledge that is informed by theory and current practices.
    • A focus on developing leaders who are ready to create collaborative and equitable learning spaces for students, faculty, and families within a school
    • Stand-alone certificate or embedded within the Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration
    • Coordination with Chester County Intermediate Unit to help apply for the PA Department of Education Letter of Eligibility

    Fall 2022 cohorts are forming now! The next course begins on September 1, 2022.  

Course of Study

  • EDD 750. Strategic and Cultural Leadership. 3 Credits

    The Strategic and Cultural Leadership course examines the skills required of school systems leaders and prepares them to enact these skills within the contemporary political, social, economic and cultural context in which an educational system operates.  The course requires individuals to practice these strategic and cultural leadership skills and reflect on their impact. Self-directed learning prepares students to “systematically and collaboratively develop a positive district culture to promote continuous student growth and staff development as well as gain experience with articulating and modeling a clear vision of the district’s culture that involves students, families, and staff” (adapted from the “Framework for Leadership,” Pennsylvania Department of Education).  The course serves as one of the four courses that satisfy the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Letter of Eligibility certification.

    EDD 751. Systems Leadership. 3 Credits

    The Systems Leadership course examines the skills required of school systems leaders and prepares them to enact these skills within the contemporary political, social, economic and cultural context in which an educational system operates.  The course requires individuals to practices these systems-based administrative skills and reflect on their impact.  Self-directed learning prepares students to interact with the district’s “processes and systems in place for budgeting, staffing, problem-solving, communicating expectations and scheduling that result in organizing the work of a school district as well as the skills needed to efficiently, effectively, and safely manage a school district to foster staff accountability and student achievement” (adapted from “Framework for Leadership,” Pennsylvania Department of Education). The course serves as one of the four courses that satisfy the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Letter of Eligibility certification.

    EDD 752. Leadership for Learning. 3 Credits

    The Leadership for Learning course examines the skills required of school systems leaders and prepares them to enact these skills within the contemporary political, social, economic and cultural context in which an educational system operates.  The course requires individuals to practice these leadership skills and reflect on their impact.  Self-directed learning gives students practice in addressing the “linkage of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and data on student learning and teacher effectiveness based on research and best practices” (adapted from “Framework for Leadership,” Pennsylvania Department of Education).  The course serves as one of the four courses that satisfy the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Letter of Eligibility certification.

    EDD 753. Professional and Community Leadership. 3 Credits

    The Professional and Community Leadership course examines the skills required of school systems leaders and prepares them to enact these skills within the contemporary political, social, economic and cultural context in which an educational system operates.  The course requires individuals to use self-directed learning experiences to practice skills that promote “the success of all students, the positive interactions among building stakeholders, the professional growth of staff by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner” (“Framework for Leadership,” Pennsylvania Department of Education).  The course serves as one of the four courses that satisfy the requirements of superintendent preparation programs and the Letter of Eligibility certification.

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  • Dr. Noreen O'Neill