Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


Superintendent Endorsement

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To be eligible for the superintendent endorsement, students must hold a master's or doctoral degree and an Illinois general supervisory, administrative, or principal endorsement, or the comparable credential from another state, and have two years' school supervisory or administrative experience. Loyola requires 33 semester hours (10 courses plus a practicum) beyond a master's degree.

No. A minimum of seven (7) courses, including the practicum (21 semester hours), which are required by the state, must be taken at Loyola. Whether or not you will need to take one, two, three or four of the remaining required courses is determined by a review of your post-master's transcripts. If your post-master's work is in educational leadership, the chances are good that you will have taken one, two or even three of the remaining required courses in your master's program. The exact number of courses can only be determined by a transcript review conducted by the administration and supervision endorsement advisor.

Students aspiring to the position of superintendent of schools within the State of Illinois must have this endorsement.

Transcripts are reviewed by the administration and supervision endorsement advisor to determine the number of courses needed to be taken at Loyola. This review is generally done in conference with the student. Following the transcript review, the student and the faculty advisor develop a program plan. The student then registers for courses to begin the semester following the conference.

Administration and supervision courses for the superintendent endorsement are offered at Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus and at Loyola Academy in Wilmette.

Most students in the superintendent endorsement program are able to complete the requirements in four or five semesters (including summer enrollment).