District Leadership State License Online Program

The Superintendency/School District Leadership Program allows an individual to obtain the license to lead a school district in the state of Kansas. Past coursework/experiences can possibly reduce the number of courses required to complete the program.

This program provides an opportunity for potential candidates who currently hold a professional building leadership license to participate in advanced graduate training that leads to positions as a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, or Special Education Director.  Out of state applicants are encouraged to check with their state licensure departments to ensure reciprocity with Kansas licensure prior to enrollment. Throughout the state of Kansas, there are many completers of the Wichita State program who are employed in these professional roles. In addition to the prescribed coursework of five seminars and a year-long internship working with a practicing professional, candidates must take and submit a passing score on the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA). The SSA is based on standards adopted by the Kansas State Department of Education which include knowledge, performance, and dispositions necessary for a district-level school leadership position.

Students who wish to pursue district leadership licensure in a state other than Kansas are encouraged to visit the following website: https://www.ecs.org/50-state-comparison-school-leader-certification-and-preparation-programs/ and to contact the licensure board in the state in which they intend to practice to determine specific state requirements that may vary from Kansas requirements.

Program Requirements

The Superintendency/School District Leadership Program consists of 18 (unless reduced by the program committee) graduate hours. The courses include:

Once a candidate successfully completes all course work and program requirements, the licensure office at Wichita State will assist the candidate with their request for licensure.

Contact Program Coordinator

Deanna Gooch 
School District Leadership Program Coordinator
Intervention Services & Leadership in Education (ISLE)
Office/Cell: 316-833-1229

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the Superintendency/School District Leadership Program you must submit to the Graduate School:

  • A completed graduate school application
  • Official transcript from a regional accredited university where the applicant received a master's degree in Educational Building Leadership is required
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 for graduate coursework leading to the master's degree

You must also submit the following items to the Department:

  • Resume that indicates three years of employment/experience in an accredited school system.
  • Three recommendations from supervisors and/or professional peers of which at least one must be from a supervisor who attests to the prospective candidate's potential as a leader and who shows promise for leading a school district or special education unit.
  • Completion of graduate-level school leadership program.
  • Professional Goal Statement: A 500-word professional goal statement that presents the prospective candidate's leadership experience (formal/informal; professional/non-professional). The applicant must be specific as to his/her leadership experience detailing the goals and outcomes of the applicant's leadership experience. The statement will be analyzed for evidence of leadership ability and writing skill.

Application Process
You can view the progress of your admission status by navigating to Step 5 hereClick here for information on how you will be notified of your admission decision.

Background Check Requirement

Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the Superintendency/School District Leadership program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.

 Gainful Employment Disclosure

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information District/Superintendency Leadership Graduate Certificate