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Superintendent PK-12 Letter Requirements

Letter of Eligibility (90) – Traditional Route

  • Holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university.

  • Satisfies the requirements set forth in 24 P.S. § 12-1209 relating to good moral character.

  • Provides verification of six years of satisfactory school experience, of which at least three must be in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

  • Completes a Pennsylvania-approved, graduate-level superintendent certification program that includes an internship/practicum or an equivalent out-of-state program. A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is required.

  • Provides evidence of satisfactory achievement on the Pennsylvania-required test.

Commission Qualification Letter (95) – Alternative Route

  • Holds a graduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university in business, finance, or management.

  • Satisfies the requirements set forth in 24 P.S. § 12-1209 relating to good moral character.

  • Provides verification of four years of relevant business, finance or management work experience in the fields of business, industry or education.

  • Within the initial contract term as a superintendent or assistant superintendent, completion of a leadership development program that meets the Pennsylvania School Leadership Standards under 24 P.S. § 12-1217 is required.  There are four options to meet this requirement:

    • A state-approved, graduate-level superintendent certification program
    • The PIL/NISL Executive Development Program
    • The PASA New Superintendents' Academy
    • The PDE Superintendents’ Academy