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Doctor of Education (EdD) and Superintendent Certification (Three-Year Option)

Doctor of Education

The School of Education introduces an option that combines the EdD degree and Superintendent Certification in an accelerated format. Both sequences can be completed in just three years. The accelerated pace maintains the quality of each stand-alone program, including the practical focus on P-12 school issues for the EdD and the development of administrative and leadership skills in the superintendent courses and internship.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you want to earn the credentials to become a superintendent or a district office administrator at an accelerated pace, this program is for you. The new combined three-year Doctor of Education (EdD) and Superintendent Certification merges the two programs, allowing you to attain your educational goals more quickly. If you're interested in other education-related careers, such as nonprofit and higher education administration, this program can serve those needs as well.

Designed for working professionals, the EdD/Superintendent Certification program offers most classes on Saturdays and some Friday afternoons/evenings. In summer, classes may be offered during the day. The program utilizes a semi-cohort model with a new cohort beginning each summer.

Superintendent Certification Specialization

The Superintendent Certification program is for individuals who hold teaching certificates and who want to pursue district-level administrative assignments in the P–12 school setting, such as superintendent, deputy superintendent, associate and assistant superintendent, director, and other similar roles. The three-year combined EdD/Superintendent Certification combines best leadership practices with effective utilization of education policy and research. It emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed for today's and tomorrow's educational leaders, from building principals to school district superintendents.

Benefits

To maximize your experience preparing for an executive leadership position in education, Seattle Pacific's EdD/Superintendent Certification program:

  • Offers a doctorate and a Washington state superintendent certification in just three years.
  • Prepares leaders to guide organizations in a changing environment.
  • Builds ethical leadership skills.
  • Blends theory and practice.
  • Translates ideas about learning into large-scale systems.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of curriculum schedule, suggested course sequence, and credit requirements. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.

Admission Information

Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admissions requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted to this program.

Faculty Contact

William (Bill) Prenevost

Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision; Chair of Educational Leadership

Email: prenew@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2370
Office: Peterson Hall 413

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Cindy Strong

Searching for Research Resources?

Doctoral students: Cindy Strong, the School of Education’s library liaison, is glad to meet with you to discuss research interests, explain recent changes in the library search system, and point out library resources. Contact her at clstrong@spu.edu.

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