Superintendency Advanced Studies Certificate offered primarily at a distance beginning January 2018

November 1, 2017

Denise Schares, assistant professor, UNI Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education, 319-273-2771,

Janelle Finke, Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-7740,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for the Superintendency Advanced Studies Certificate program scheduled to begin January 2018. The two-year program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or AEA administrator.

Courses included in this program are performance-based, minimize student class time and maximize on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. The program offers hands-on experience through an internship where work products and skills are developed.

“The program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a superintendent in Iowa schools,” says program coordinator Denise Schares. “Courses are taught by experienced administrators and an extensive internship is included, providing opportunities for students to engage in authentic leadership experiences.”

The degree consists of 33 units of credit, which can be earned in six consecutive semesters. Courses are taken using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the certificate to be awarded in the fall of 2019. Courses are offered primarily online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser, in addition to interactive video conferencing. Summer sessions include a short on-campus experience.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit Applications received by Nov. 10 will receive full consideration. For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-7740 or 800-648-3864.