Marian University’s Superintendent Licensure-only program prepares candidates to serve as a superintendent in PK-12 schools in Wisconsin. Leading to the WI #03 Superintendent’s License, the licensure-only program requires the completion of 24 credits and an electronic portfolio. Students may request to apply these 24 credits to the doctoral program if they wish to obtain a Ph.D. at a later date.

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Superintendent Licensure-Only Program

We offer convenient classes in Appleton, Fond du Lac, Wausau and West Allis, with courses meeting biweekly during the evenings and on select weekends.


This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics between the critical elements of culture in organizations and the leadership behaviors that are most effective in managing and changing that culture. Particular emphasis is placed on how the purposes, traditions, norms and values that form the basic assumptions of the organization can be identified, analyzed, and then managed to affect needed reform.

The course will focus on the discipline of strategic program planning and processes of assessing effectiveness by which an organization recreates itself to achieve extraordinary purpose. Systems and structures of organization which are designed to meet changing student organization and community needs will be emphasized. The goal of the course will be the production of a strategic plan characterized by vision, originality, and realism.

A study of the role and responsibility of the superintendent with emphasis on theory and research-based practice. Responses to contemporary and anticipated issues affecting public and non-public schools will be examined. The relationship between the superintendent, the board of education and other legislative authorities will be analyzed and defined, with emphasis on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are necessary to build effective superintendent school board relations.

School systems and all forms of organizations are managed by, staffed by, and dependent upon people whose effectiveness determines whether the established mission of the system will be achieved. This class will present an orientation to the foundations of the human resource function of school administration. An understanding of employment practices and employment justice, to achieve organizational mission, increase organizational commitment, and improve employee continuity, will be developed.

The purpose of this course is to study the role of technology and technological applications in schools. The study includes both curricular applications for learning and network support for district management.


EDL 850 The Superintendency, 12 credits of coursework in Educational Administration concentration

The superintendent internship is a district/agency-centered experience focused on the application of theory, research, principles of leadership and administrative concepts into practice. The foundation of the experience involves the basic leadership domains common to the position of superintendent and the accompanying functions with respect to general administration and management.

This course is designed for graduate students to provide a comprehensive view of the law that governs the public school system and structures the role of the superintendent. Law exerts an ever-increasing influence on educational policy and practice. The legal precedents established by case law, statutory law, and constitutional law that shape and structure administrative practice, policy, and procedure will be examined.

History of the field of curriculum, as well as curriculum theory. Study of curricular paradigms that give form and shape to school practice.

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE Standards for Administrators
ISTE-A Standards

Wisconsin Administrators License
WI Admin Standards

State of Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Licensure Program Content Guidelines

Program Mission

The mission of the Educational Administration and Leadership program is to prepare candidates for leadership positions in public and private settings by providing opportunities to study and apply theories, standards, and practices in leadership.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate substantive knowledge of the field
  2. Critically apply theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address fundamental questions in their primary area of leadership study
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical principles to their personal and professional lives.
  4. Demonstrates capacity to articulate research as socially situated.
  5. Design and conduct research on a significant leadership problem.
  6. Collect and analyze data.
  7. Communicate and defend results of research to peers and the broader community.

The Education Programs offered by the Marian University School of Education are approved by the:

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Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Admission Requirements for Superintendent Licensure-only Program

  1. Hold a master’s degree in educational administration or a master’s degree in education or related area, from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater (4.0 scale) in previous master’s degree
  3. Wisconsin principal’s license or eligibility to hold such a license
  4. Two professional recommendations

Students who already have a master’s degree and do not wish to receive a doctoral degree but desire the superintendent’s license (WI # 03) shall use the same application process for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Dr. David Boers
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7179

Dr. Donna Innes, C.S.A.
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7633

Dr. Patrick Saunders
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8556

Dr. Bradd Stucky
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7636


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Support Staff
Ms. Pamela Wendt, Support Specialist III
(920) 923-8095 or 1-800-262-7426 ext. 8095

Dean, School of Education
Dr. Kelly Chaney
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8100