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Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies (EPFLS) » Graduate Study » Superintendency Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC)

Superintendency Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC)

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Program Description

Across the state, region, and nation, educational leaders who have emerged from the UNI Superintendency program are making a difference for students. Our bold and innovative program encompasses a field-based approach that emphasizes skill development in a district setting, coupled with expert instruction in a cohort of learning community.

Course experiences and requirements are based on Iowa Standards of School Leaders (ISSL) and are embedded throughout coursework and internship experiences. With the support of professors, lead mentors, and mentors' special expertise, candidates create an individualized internship plan that combines district needs as well as their own skills, interests and desires. Work products, experiences, and reflections provide evidence of candidates' complete understanding of ISSL and the complex roles and responsibilities of the 21st century superintendent.

Aligned, respected, and connected.
  • UNI superintendency program requirements are based on ISSL and are integrated with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Professional Standards of the superintendency. Twenty-four units of coursework connect theory to practice through nine units of field-based internship.
Immersed in a network of practice.
  • Candidates participate in on-campus seminar experiences during the program (selected weekends and summer dates). This brings them into a professional relationship with critical friends who are Iowa's leading superintendents, building relationships that grow and evolve over the course of the program.
Partnerships like nowhere else.
  • Only at UNI do candidates benefit from our unique partnerships with the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB), Iowa Superintendents Finance and Leadership Consortium (ISFLC), and Iowa's Center for Immigration Leadership and Integration. These key partnerships provide candidates with unique experiences that build a framework of leadership second to none.
The world, at your site.
  • The UNI program courses come to you via interactive video conferencing methods including Zoom and online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser, as well as face-to-face interaction. Access to a high-speed Internet connection and a webcam/microphone (common in newer computers) may also be required. While most students encounter few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed. For your convenience, you will have electronic access to the UNI Rod Library. Learning experiences take shape through performance-based activities, problem-solving, and collaborative projects.
Ongoing support and guidance.
  • University professors regularly observe and interact with candidates and their mentors around authentic internship experiences that take place in districts across Iowa.


This is a performance-based program, which requires evidence that Standards for School Leaders (SSL) have been met. Standards must be demonstrated through work products that clearly show skill development and an expansive knowledge base. Internship opportunities will be integrated with every course throughout the program. Courses are subject to changes in which semester they are offered. A new cohort begins each January.

*Must have an approved master’s degree for ASC Certification

  • Seminar in Educational Leadership
  • Power, Politics, and Ethics in School District Leadership
  •  Internship
  • Seminar in Educational Leadership
  • Leading, Teaching, Learning & Assessment
  • Funding the Educational Program for Improved Student Achievement
  • Educational Leadership and Systems Change
  • Internship
  • Evaluation of Administrators
  • Seminar in Educational Leadership
  • School Business Management
  • Internship

Total Units: 33

Additional Program Requirements: 

For superintendent licensure, a master's degree, principal licensure, and three years administrative experience are required.

Program Faculty and Staff

Primary Faculty and Staff Contacts
Carol Bean
Secretary III
Timothy Gilson, Ed.D.
Assistant Department Head & Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Coordinator, International Teacher Leader Program
Kim Huckstadt, Ed.D.
Instructor, Educational Leadership Ed.D. Program Coordinator
Loleta Montgomery
Program Assistant, Educational Leadership
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Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
Denise Schares, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Coordinator, Superintendent Program
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Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Application Process

Applicants must first complete the Application for Admission to UNI.  There will be a $60 application fee for admission to the program (unless you graduated from UNI with a B.A., M.A. or M.A.E.). Deadline for submitting applications, including required documents, is the second Friday in November.

When prompted to select a program, type Superintendent and then select Superintendency ASC (26SGPRE).
Respond to the remaining prompts in the application.

Review/Admission Process:

After all required application documents have been submitted prior to or by the deadline, the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies faculty will review the application and forward a recommendation to the Graduate College for final approval.

To be admitted to the Superintendent program, an applicant must have (or will have upon completion of the program), five years of educational experience, three of which have been as a building principal or other PK-12 district-wide or AEA administrative experience.

All applicants will be notified of their status: Unconditional Admission, Provisional Admission or Denied.

Once approved, the Department will assign an advisor and provide enrollment information.

Admission decisions will be made each year by mid-December.


Maximum Award Apply By
Marilyn Jorgensen Education Scholarship $2,000 1/15/2020
Betty J. Hyde Endowed Scholarship $2,000 1/15/2020