The University of Kentucky has redesigned its 12-credit hour professional licensure program as a one-year “Executive Leadership Program” to help aspiring superintendents achieve their goals.

Work-embedded learning is the centerpiece of UK’s new statewide superintendent program.

Nationally-prominent faculty deliver course content in Saturday classes, summer sessions and seminars held in conjunction with professional association conferences. Course content and practicum experiences are aligned with superintendents’ annual work cycle and supervised by mentors.

The application deadline for summer I (2012-13 cohort) “postbac” status is May 7, 2012.

Cohort students will complete the following required courses (12 credit hours) in sequence:

  • Summer I EDL 676 – The School Superintendency (3)
  • Summer II EDL 677 – School System Administration (3)
  • Fall EDL 678 – Strategic Management in Education (3)
  • Fall EDL 679 – School Superintendent Practicum I (1)
  • Spring EDL 680 – The Superintendent Practicum II (1)
  • Summer I EDL 681 -The Superintendent Practicum III (1)

Admission to the Professional Certificate for School Superintendent program is competitive, and individuals must meet all admissions requirements of UK’s Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership Studies; complete the prerequisite principal certification program; and have completed two years of successful experience as a school counselor or school or district-level administrator.

Superintendent courses may be used as part of the student’s specialized area of study for the educational leadership (Ed.D.) and interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees.

For program information, contact Lars Bjork at (859) 257-2450.

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