Educational Specialist - Superintendent Licensure

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Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Superintendent Licensure

Course Length: 7 weeks
Total Credit Hours: 30
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395


Concordia University, St. Paul offers the blended Educational Specialist degree designed to provide Minnesota schools with the highest possible quality superintendents. At completion of the 2 year cohort blended program as, graduates will earn an Educational Specialist degree and be eligible for licensure in the state of Minnesota as a K-12 superintendent.

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Supt Ldrshp 21st Cent School

This course is designed for individuals who desire to pursue a superintendent position in the future.  The primary focus is on the knowledge and skills of school district leaders who create cultures of excellence; respond to diverse learner needs; facilitate the development of safe, efficient, and effective learning environments; and impact the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that shape Minnesota schools districts.


HR Issues for Superintendents

This course examines the human resources available to superintendents and related fiscal issues.  It examines the functions and practices in school systems that superintendents deal with daily.  Approaches to management, motivation, professional development, and performance are addressed along with obstacles to effective team development.


Legal Issues/Superintendents

This course examines the reality of legal issues that the superintendent must face nearly every day of the school year.  The focus is on local, state, and national legal principles and issues related to faculty, students, and employees.  Individual rights and responsibilities related to the legal process, structure of the law, legislation, litigation, and current legal issues are examined in detail.


School Dist & Comm Relations

This course focuses on PK-12 school districts developing and sustaining district, family, and community relationships based on collaborative initiatives that help all children learn. Emphasis is placed on selected issues, including communication with the diversity of internal and external publics, including older adults, employee associations, governing boards, parents, and students.


Data Use/Analy for Superintend

This course will provide the learner an opportunity to use data to inform decision making at the district office level by providing a link between research and practice.  Using actual data from their district students will learn and use statistical data to create a district improvement plan (DIP) and present it as a project in the course.


Critical Issues/Analy Pub Pol

Educational policy-making processes are examined at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro ( local and institutional) levels using a variety of policy models. Selected educational policies at the macro and micro levels are analyzed, using different policy models. Students are expected to identify the factors such as the actors involved, politics, and economical inputs that impact policy formation and implementation.


Supt & Facilitation of Change

This course focuses on theories and strategies for leading change in the educational setting at the district office level.  Emphasis is placed on systemic change within the district.  It will consider aspects of change in well managed school districts that focus on diverse learner needs, legal accountability, and safe learning environments that promote a culture of excellence.


Ethics & Interpers Effective

This course is designed to have potential superintendents examine their own personal ethical profiles and communication styles in light of the ethical struggles they are certain to experience in their lives as school district administrators.  They will be required to reflect on their communication behaviors in light of their roles as educational leaders and relate those behaviors to ethical theory.


Superintendent Internship

This full year course is an internship that requires the students to complete a minimum of 320 clock hours over two consecutive semesters at a university-approved school.  Under the supervision and support of a university-approved onsite mentor and a university supervisor, the students will identify, plan, and complete a District Improvement Project (DIP) and a variety of administrative tasks, projects, and assignments designed to strengthen performance and professional skills that will assist the students to become a licensed superintendent in the state of Minnesota.


Written Comprehensive Exam

Written Comprehensive Exam that must be passed prior to registration for ED7061.


1. Apply Online

2. The $50 Application Fee (non-refundable) should be payable to Concordia University by check, money order or pay online. Please allow 2-3 business days for online payment processing.

3. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

4. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

5. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)