Superintendent Licensure

Defiance College's NEW Superintendent’s Licensure Program, created by
superintendents, is an accelerated offering and 100% online. With four courses and a
200-hour internship, the program can be completed in as few as two semesters with
clinical hours completed within your school district.

Candidates can complete the program in as few as 3 semesters. Licenses may be earned in the following grade bands: PK-6, 4-9, or 5-12.


**assumes two courses and two internship hours taken per semester


  • A completed application for admission
  • Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • Copies of teaching and administrative licenses
  • Letters of recommendation from two individuals who can speak to your performance as a leader – one from an immediate supervisor
  • Statement of Purpose for pursuing a superintendent's license
  • 3.00 graduate GPA (or 3.00 undergraduate GPA if taking the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) simultaneously*)

*NOTE: Because a master's degree is required to obtain a principal license in the state of Ohio, interested applicants who have not earned a master's degree may simultaneously apply to DC's Master of Arts in Education program.


Before applying for the principal license, candidates must:

  • Complete two years of successful teaching under a professional teaching license in the grade bands of the desired license
  • Complete a master's degree program
  • Complete an approved principal's licensure program
  • Pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators Educational Leadership (015) Assessment
  • Receive the recommendation of the head of teacher education of the institution attended
  • Pass a criminal background (FBI/BCI) check


  • EDUC 721 Working with the Board and the Community (3)
  • EDUC 722 Educational Finances and Managing the School District (3)
  • EDUC 723 Administrative Responsibilities: Exploring the Superintendency (3)
  • EDUC 724 Special Topics in Educational Administration (3)
  • EDUC 791 Internship Superintendent’s Licensure (4)

EDUC 721 Working with the Board and the Community (3)
This course examines the roles and responsibilities of the superintendent and the board of education relative to school district governance, policies, and regulations. It will further explore developing and maintaining positive school-community relations and partnerships.

EDUC 722 Educational Finances and Managing the School District (3)
This course focuses on the budgeting and managing school finances. Participants will examine sources of revenue on federal, state, and local levels. Participants will also learn about budgeting, forecasting budgets, managing business operations, presenting tax issues to the community, the reporting and auditing of funds, and special focus issues.

EDUC 723 Administrative Responsibilities – Exploring the Superintendency (3)
This course explores the superintendent’s responsibility to recognize and assure equity and the rights of individuals in the school setting. This will be accomplished through examining (1) leadership styles and strategies, (2) the implementation and use of data, (3) the role and interrelationship of educators, and (4) the purpose and role of professional development in addressing student learning.

EDUC 791 Internship – Superintendent’s Licensure (1-4)
The Ohio Department of Higher Education requires superintendent licensure candidates to engage in 200 hours of internship experiences. The internship is facilitated by a qualified mentor selected mutually by the Defiance College Teacher Education Program and the candidate’s selected school district. This course is repeatable for up to 5 credits. Graded Pass/Fail.

EDUC 795 Special Topics in Educational Administration (3)
This course examines the roles and responsibilities of the superintendent relative to areas not specifically covered in other courses. These could include, but not limited to collective bargaining and contract administration, hiring practices, the superintendent and the law, addressing diversity in the district, current issues and problems facing the district, and leadership.


Carla Higgins, Ph.D., Program Director