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Department of Education: (440) 826-2166, (440) 826-3779 (fax)
Coordinator of School Leadership Programs: Michelle Kocar, (440) 826-8539, mkocar@bw.edu
Admission: 
Lauryn Rosinski, (440) 826-2915, lrosinsk@bw.edu
Academic Advisor: Gail Habig, (440) 826-6534, ghabig@bw.edu 

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Overview

The Baldwin Wallace superintendent license program is designed for principals and administrators who are seeking an initial superintendent license. The program is aligned to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 2022 Initial Program Standards. Course content is aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation Program — District Level (NELP) Standards. Graduates of the program are prepared to lead districts and meet the ever-changing demands of district leadership.

The superintendent license program is 100% online and includes access to experienced superintendents and other district leaders with expertise in district-level leadership. Live sessions and panel discussions are embedded in courses and/or offered as special events. Candidates graduate from the program prepared for district leadership roles, including the superintendency, through targeted experiences on site in districts and with a collection of evidence to share as part of the interviewing process.

MAEd Academic Calendar

2022-23 Calendar

Program Features

  • The program is 15 credits (four courses + three 1-credit internships) designed to be completed in one academic year: fall, spring and summer terms.
  • The program offers multiple entry points throughout the academic year: fall, spring, summer.
  • As a part-time program, the curriculum is designed for convenience through 100% online classes with opportunities to engage with peers as well as practicing superintendents through live online panels and discussions.
  • Complete an internship in your school district under an approved district mentor as part of your leadership program requirements. The three 1-credit internships are designed to be completed concurrently with courses focused on strategic planning/school improvement, instructional leadership, operations and management, but may be deferred until after coursework is completed.
  • Upon successful completion of the program and after meeting all of Ohio superintendent licensure requirements, candidates are eligible to apply for the superintendent license and have it dated July 1 of the academic year of program completion.

Prerequisite Qualifications

To be accepted into the BW superintendent license program, candidates must:

  • Have a master's degree.
  • Have a principal license or administrative specialist license.
  • Currently serve as a principal or administrator. Exceptions may be considered.

Qualifications for the Superintendent License in Ohio

An educator who is interested in applying for a professional administrator license must meet the qualifications outlined below in Ohio administrative rules. Visit the Ohio Department of Education for full details.

  • Earn a master's degree from an accredited university.
  • Complete an approved preparation program.
  • Receive a recommendation from the dean or head of teacher education at the institution where he or she completed the preparation program.
  • Complete the Ohio Assessment for Educators licensure exam #015, Educational Leadership, prescribed by the State Board of Education.
  • Have three years of successful experience in a position as a principal or administrative specialist while holding the respective license.

Courses

The program consists of four courses, with three 1-credit internships aligned to course content.
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Course Descriptions

EDU 600: The Superintendency in the 21st Century (3 semester hours)

This course is aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards (RA1.1), National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) District Standards (1-2), Ohio's Standards for Superintendents (2008) (1-2) and the administrative knowledge, dispositions, and performances needed in today’s diverse school district environments. This course includes: vision building; continuous improvement planning; use of data; and strategies for achieving district goals; communication and collaboration skills; policies and governance of the school district; community collaboration; governance issues; school board development and relations; policy and strategy development. The candidates will be expected to have a working knowledge of all standards and will apply that knowledge through research, applied activities, simulations, and reflections. Special topic speakers and panels of practicing building/district leaders from the field are included as part of the periodic live virtual sessions.This course includes: vision building; continuous improvement planning; use of data; and strategies for achieving district goals; communication and collaboration skills; policies and governance of the school district; community collaboration; governance issues; school board development and relations; policy and strategy development.

EDU 601: The Focus on Student Learning (3 semester hours)

This course is aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards (RA1.1-1.3), National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) District Standards (3-4), Ohio's Standards for Superintendents (2008) (4) and the administrative knowledge, dispositions, and performances needed in today’s diverse school district environments.) and the administrative knowledge, dispositions, and performances needed in today's 21st century learning environment. The candidates will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to evaluate, develop, and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, data systems, supports, and assessment. This course includes: a focus on quality instruction; creation of a comprehensive assessment system; high-quality professional development; standards-based instruction; professional development; research-based/evidence-based practices. Special topic speakers and panels of practicing building/district leaders from the field are included as part of the periodic live virtual sessions.

EDU 602: The School District Focus (3 semester hours)

This course is aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards (RA1.1-1.4), National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) District Standards (5, 6, 7), Ohio's Standards for Superintendents (2008) (2, 3, 5) and the administrative knowledge, dispositions, and performances needed to lead and manage the complex resources and stakeholder interactions of today's school districts. This course includes topics related to the cost effective management of district resources: materials; human capital management; district facilities and operations; fiscal resources; buildings and transportation. Topics also include: school law and finance; ethics; staff evaluation; board policy; advocacy; and board relations. Special topic speakers and panels of practicing building/district leaders from the field are included as part of the periodic live virtual sessions.

EDU 603, EDU 604 and EDU 605: The Superintendent Internship (1 semester hours per course; 3 semester hours total internship experience)

The internship runs parallel to the coursework in EDU 600, EDU 601 and EDU 602. All competencies and content knowledge developed through the coursework are applied and implemented in the internship experiences. The internship is designed to be supported by the candidate's superintendent and his/her designee. A university supervisor is also a member of the support system. With prior approval, the internship sequence may be deferred until after coursework is completed.

EDU 606: District Decision Making for Evidence-Based Improvement (3 semester hours)

This course is aligned with the 2022 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards (RA1.1), 2018 National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) District Standards (1, 4, 6), 2008 Ohio's Standards for Superintendents (1, 4, 5) and the administrative knowledge, dispositions, and performances needed to lead and manage the complex decision making processes faced by today's district school leaders that must be grounded in research and evidence. This course includes: data analytics, decision science, data visualization, data tools, district decision making (functional and strategic), educational data mining, school evidence-based improvement. Special topic speakers and panels of practicing building/district leaders from the field are included as part of the periodic live virtual sessions.

School Partnership Program

Many students enrolled in BW's MAEd programs are employed by school districts that participate in the BW School Partnership Program, providing them with a simplified application process and other benefits.