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Initial Administrator Certificate (Superintendent)

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32 credits

(26 credits of coursework plus a 6 credit, 6 quarter field experience)

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Program Goals

Designed for aspiring superintendents and other school district leaders, such as assisstant superintendents, executive directors and program managers. Candidates earn the Washington State initial superintendent’s certificate.

Application Information

All applicants must complete the Graduate School online application. This secure process includes credit card payment of a $50 application fee and instructions for providing the following materials:

  1. Official Transcripts: Two from the institution that awarded your master’s degree. If you earned your master’s degree at WWU, you do not need to provide your WWU transcript.
  2. Letter of intent stating your goals and objectives as a district-level leader.
  3. Résumé outlining your education and professional history.
  4. Letter of recommendation from your prospective mentoring superintendent supporting your application and indicating his/her willingness to serve as your mentor.
  5. One copy of valid Washington State certificate (teacher, ESA, principal, or program administrator).
  6. Candidate Information Form

Prior to submitting an application, interested applicants to this program should contact the educational administration office, Miller Hall 416A.

Program Requirements


  1. Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Valid teacher, educational staff associate (ESA), program administrator, or principal certificate.
  3. At least 45 credit hours (30 semester credit hours) of post-baccalaureate or graduate-level course work in education.


  • Washington State Requirement: All candidates for the initial superintendent’s certificate must complete a six-credit, six-quarter field experience.
  • Mentor Supervision: The intern shall be under the supervision of a mentoring superintendent. Candidates are to discuss leadership goals and administrative career aspirations with the mentoring administrator before, or commensurate with, application to the program.
  • District & University Approval: In addition to getting University approval for a specified internship, candidates must initiate and satisfy any internship approval procedures required by their district.
  • University Credit: 540 hours of field experience (EDAD 692) translates to (6) credit hours across six quarters of (1) credit each.

Admission to the internship is separate from admission to the certificate program and is based on an individual evaluation of the candidate’s preparation and experience.

Additional Information

Note: Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness is required for internship admission if the candidate is not employed by the school district of placement, and if the candidate does not hold a valid Washington educator certificate at the time of recommendation for the administrator certificate. Instructions and forms are available through the certification office: 

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