University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Superintendent Leadership Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate - Superintendent Leadership


Required Courses12-18
Total Hours12-18

Degree Specific Credits: 12-18

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • Students pursuing superintendent licensure must have a master’s degree or higher in education or educational leadership, three years of experience as a licensed teacher or school counselor, and licensure as a principal. Additionally, one must have a minimum of one year of licensed experience as a principal or participate in a supervised Board of Public Education internship as superintendent. Additional information about these specific licensure requirements can be directed to the Department of Educational Leadership.
  • In addition to the required coursework, those seeking superintendent licensure must complete required field experiences. Please contact the Department of Educational Leadership for additional information.

Required Courses

Complete the following courses:
EDLD 653School Personnel Admin3
EDLD 656The Economics of Education3
EDLD 657Facilities Planning/School Bus Function3
EDLD 658School Pub Relations-Superintendents3
Those who did not complete Montana school law and Montana school finance as part of their principal licensure program will also need the following courses to meet Montana licensure requirements.
EDLD 554School Law (or an OPI- and UM-approved professional development course in Montana school law)3
EDLD 556Finance of Public Education (or an OPI- and UM-approved professional development course in Montana school finance)3
Total Hours18

Minimum Required Grade: C