The Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies, in conjunction with Continuing and Distance Education, offers an Advanced Studies Certificate Program leading to Superintendent Certification.
In order to be admitted to the Superintendent program, an application 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). In addition, applicants must at least be serving in their first year as an administrator.
Applications are still being accepted for the Spring 2022 cohort. Apply as soon as possible!
Courses in this program are offered Thursday nights during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. The first spring and both summer sessions include an engaging, 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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-- 1 unit(s); May term
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All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $517 per unit of graduate credit or $325 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 Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III funding. This funding will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit finaid.uni.edu/HEERF-III.
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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 319-273-7206, 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.
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 January 2022.
We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2022 cohort. Please apply as soon as possible.
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.
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.
Required application materials can be attached (in .pdf format) to the application at the time of or after submission or sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Office of AdmissionsUniversity of Northern Iowa002 Gilchrist HallCedar Falls, IA 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 (admission decisions will be made each year by mid-December). 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.