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Superintendent Endorsement

The Superintendent Endorsement is a course of study that features courses delivered entirely online so as to better sync with your working schedule.  Candidates take all online courses together with their cohort. The participants also undergo an on-site internship in their local community that spans the year.

This endorsement area was designed by a team of superintendents and leaders from across the state.  It focuses on understanding the uniqueness of Alaskan School Systems.

Important Deadlines


Course Sequence

(22 total credits)

Descriptions for the following classes can be found in the Superintendent Endorsement Area Course Sequence document.

Summer (June & July)
ED s593Orientation to the Superintendency1cr
ED s611Leading to Learn in a Digital Age of Change2cr
ED s642Educational Governance2cr
ED s644Educational Finance3cr
ED s691Educational Leadership Internship I3cr
ED s646District Operations3cr
ED s691Educational Leadership Internship II3cr
Summer (June)
ED s650Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation2cr
ED s647Community Building2cr
ED s698Superintendent Portfolio1cr


Please note that this endorsement area is available for candidates residing in Alaska only.

Admissions Requirements

Please Note

Do not apply online via the online application. There is no application fee to apply for this endorsement area! Please see below for specific application instructions.

  • Complete a Request for Admission
  • Submit official bachelor's & master's degree transcripts. Please note: must have GPA of 3.0 or higher or Program Coordinator Approval. Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
  • Submit a Letter of Recommendation.
    • If your current superintendent will be your mentor during the next school year, the letter should address your abilities to be successful in this endorsement area and your potential as a superintendent, as well as include an acknowledgement that they agree to:
      • Act as your mentor during both the fall and spring semester internship courses
      • Meet with you a minimum of once per week to discuss district issues, as well as class assignments and activities
      • Provide opportunities for you to be involved in district-wide activities for a minimum of 10 hours per week (150 hours per semester)
    • If your current superintendent is leaving the position and thus will not be your mentor during the next school year:
      • The letter of support should address your abilities to be successful in this endorsement area and your potential as a superintendent
      • Wait to complete the Internship Mentor Identification form until a new superintendent is willing to be your mentor
      • You can be partially admitted to this endorsement area and take summer courses, then once your mentor is confirmed and your Mentor form is submitted, you can continue with the fall and spring classes and internship
    • If you are (or will be) a sitting superintendent, your letter of support should come from your school board president, and the advisor will collaborate with you to identify an appropriate mentor
  • Complete Internship Mentor Identification form
  • Submit Writing sample per these instructions
  • Document on our Verification of Service form a total of five years of experience with at least three years of certified teaching experience (Type A or Professional) and at least one year as an administrator in a position that requires a Type B certificate. The service must be full-time and for a full year. Additional service beyond this minimum can be submitted if desired, but is not necessary. Alternate forms may be allowed if the form documents the same information as requested on the linked Verification of Service form

Send all of these items to:

UAS School of Education, Student Services Assistant
11066 Auke Lake Way, HA 2
Juneau, AK 99801-8671

If you have any Endorsement Area-specific questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Mary Wegner.

Program Advisors

Mary Wegner, B.S., Ed.D., M.Ed.

Mary Wegner, B.S., Ed.D., M.Ed.

Superintendent & Ed Leadership Program Coordinator

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Delores Graver

Delores Graver

Program Assistant

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Elisabeth Genaux

Elisabeth Genaux

Student Services Assistant

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