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Coordinator of School Leadership Programs: Michelle Kocar, (440) 826-8539,
Lauryn Rosinski, (440) 826-2915,
Academic Advisor: Gail Habig, (440) 826-6534, 

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The Baldwin Wallace superintendent's licensure program is designed for principals and administrators who are seeking a superintendent's license. The program curriculum is based upon superintendent standards established by the National Educational Leadership Preparation Program — District Level (NELP). Graduates of the program are prepared to lead districts and meet the ever-changing demands of district leadership.

The superintendent’s licensure program is 100% online and includes access to experienced superintendents and other district leaders with expertise in district-level leadership. Live sessions and panel discussions are embedded in courses and/or offered as special events.

MAEd Academic Calendar

2021-22 Calendar

Program Features

  • The program is 17 credits (five courses) designed to be completed in one academic year: fall, spring and summer terms.
  • As a part-time program, the curriculum is designed for convenience through 100% online classes with opportunities to engage with peers as well as practicing superintendents through live online panels and discussions.
  • Complete an internship in your school district under an approved district mentor as part of your leadership program requirements. The internship may be deferred for completion after coursework is completed.
  • Upon successful completion of the program and after meeting all of Ohio superintendent's licensure requirements, candidates are eligible to apply for the superintendent license and have it dated July 1 of the academic year of program completion.

Prerequisite Qualifications

To be accepted into the BW superintendent's licensure program, candidates must:

  • Have a master's degree.
  • Have a principal's license.
  • Currently serve as a principal or administrator. Exceptions may be considered.

Qualifications for the Superintendent's License in Ohio

An educator who is interested in applying for a professional administrator license must meet the qualifications outlined below in Ohio administrative rule. Visit the Ohio Department of Education for full details.

  • Earn a master's degree from an accredited university.
  • Complete an approved preparation program.
  • Receive a recommendation from the dean or head of teacher education at the institution where he or she completed the preparation program.
  • Complete the Ohio Assessment for Educators licensure exam #015, Educational Leadership, prescribed by the State Board of Education.
  • A superintendent must have three years of successful experience in a position as a principal or administrative specialist while holding the respective license.


The program consists of five courses, two of which represent a superintendent internship.
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Course Descriptions

EDU 600: The Superintendency in the 21st Century (3 semester hours)

This course includes: vision building; continuous improvement planning; use of data; and strategies for achieving district goals; communication and collaboration skills; policies and governance of the school district; community collaboration; governance issues; school board development and relations; policy and strategy development.

EDU 601: The Focus on Student Learning (3 semester hours)

This course includes: a focus on quality instruction; creation of a comprehensive assessment system; high-quality professional development; standards-based instruction; professional development; research-based/evidence-based practices.

EDU 602: The School District Focus (3 semester hours)

This course includes: district resources, materials, and human resources management; district facilities and operations; fiscal resources; school law and finance; buildings and transportation.

EDU 603 and EDU 604: The Superintendent Internship (4 semester hours per course; 8 semester hours total for internship)

The internship runs parallel to the coursework. It begins with the first course (EDU 600) and concludes at the end of the third course (EDU 602). All of the themes throughout the coursework are put into action in the internship. The internship is designed to be supported by the candidate's superintendent or his/her designee. A university supervisor is also a member of the support system. With prior approval, the internship sequence may be deferred until after coursework is completed.

School Partnership Program

Many students enrolled in BW's MAEd programs are employed by school districts that participate in the BW School Partnership Program, providing them with a simplified application process and other benefits.