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Superintendent Preparation Program


Candidates who have earned a principal’s license or those who are enrolled in Saint Mary’s EDS program are eligible to enroll in the superintendent preparation program. Completion of the superintendent program qualifies candidates for licensure as a superintendent in Minnesota.


There are three major components of the superintendent program, contained within 6 graduate level credits.

Component 1: Required course

Candidates complete one three credit course, EDS 760 The Superintendency. The course meets four times for full days over the course of the semester of enrollment. During the academic year those sessions are held on Saturdays; during the summer months they are held on weekdays. Through case studies, readings, and discussion students study the rewards and challenges of the superintendency and interact with panels of current superintendents to gain a wide perspective of the skills necessary to lead today’s districts.

Component 2: Field Experience/Internship

Candidates log 320 hours of work completed in two different organizations that reflect their work in the State of Minnesota superintendent competencies. This work is completed under the guidance of licensed superintendents and a University advisor.

Component 3: Electronic Portfolio

In order to demonstrate competency of the State of Minnesota superintendent competencies, students complete an electronic portfolio which highlights the experiences completed during the field experience/internship. This portfolio is presented to a panel consisting of the student’s advisor, superintendent mentor(s), and program staff.


Superintendency courses are offered regularly at the Twin Cities Campus. Additional cohorts are offered at various locations across Minnesota. Contact us to talk through when cohorts will begin in your area.


For more information regarding the Superintendent Preparation Program, please contact Bev Stofferahn at or 612-728-5204.