The Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education, in conjunction with Continuing and Distance Education, offers an Advanced Studies Certificate Program leading to Superintendent Certification. The two-year program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or AEA administrator.
This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. Students gain hands-on experience through an internship where work products and skills are developed. Applicant must at least be serving in first year as an administrator in order to make application for superintendent program.
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Courses in this program are offered Wednesday nights during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Summer sessions include a short on-campus experience. Courses are supported online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed. For your convenience, you will have electronic access to the UNI Rod Library.
Read detailed program information from the UNI Educational Leadership Department to learn more.
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Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
Course details and enrollment information
-- 1 unit(s); May term; Work toward development of Internship Plan
-- 2 unit(s)
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $478 per unit of graduate credit or $296 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 800-772-2736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
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The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-5970, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:
Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation Forms.
The University of Northern Iowa's Superintendency Advanced Studies Certificate program is a performance-based program unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. While this program requires a considerable amount of time in internship experience, the feedback from graduates becoming superintendents is the UNI program prepared them well for the superintendency. We recognize that multiple career and personal obligations, as well as travel limitations, may make it difficult to complete a program entirely through on-campus study. The UNI program is offered via interactive video conferencing technologies and online programming. Some summer seminars do include on-campus attendance. The majority of the hours required in this program will also apply towards a doctoral program. Most importantly - upon completion - students are prepared to take on central office responsibilities, AEA administrative responsibilities and school superintendent responsibilities.
Upon receipt of a completed application portfolio, the applicant's portfolio will be reviewed.
a. In order to be admitted to the Superintendent Program, applicant must have (or will have upon completion of the program) five years of educational experience (three of which have been as a building principal or other PK-12 district wide or AEA administrative experience).
b. An admission status recommendation will be determined by the Educational Leadership faculty.
c. The Educational Leadership faculty recommends admission to the Department Head for concurrence and approval.
d. Admission decisions will be made each year by mid-December.
Complete the online interest form on the right to proceed with your application for admission to the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency cohort. The next cohort is scheduled to begin Spring 2017.
We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2017 cohort. We encourage you to apply for admission to graduate studies through the University of Northern Iowa as soon as possible. Applications received by Nov. 15, 2016, will receive full consideration.
Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact us at CESP-Consult@uni.edu or 800-772-1746 and let us know that you are interested in applying for the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency program.
Need help with your UNI application?
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.
Supporting documents can be attached to the application. Documents must be in .pdf format. Submission of additional materials after the application has been submitted should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Office of AdmissionsUniversity of Northern Iowa002 Gilchrist HallCedar Falls, IA 50614-0018 firstname.lastname@example.org
When your application for graduate study is complete, you will receive confirmation from UNI Admissions staff that they have received and forwarded your application and department materials to the Department of Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education for review.
The department will review your application materials and contact you about your admission status. Following admission to the program, you will receive information about how to enroll in the first set of courses.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.