District Administrator Licensure

The District Administrator licensure program is a 21-credit program that leads to certification for the Superintendency license in the state of Wisconsin.


The District Administrator licensure program leads to certification for the Superintendency license in the state of Wisconsin. The 21-credit program can be completed in 14 months and is delivered in an accelerated cohort model. Classes are offered one or two weekends per month, enabling students to pursue this licensure while simultaneously continuing their careers. The faculty is a mix of doctoral faculty and practicing and retired superintendents.

The program emphasizes effective, moral leadership from the superintendent perspective, district economics and finance, working with the school board, leading the learning organization, and a thorough understanding of the standards for teachers and administrators.

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Program Format

The District Administrator Licensure program is designed for working professionals currently holding school administrator positions. The cohort model provides a diverse forum for discussion and a rich, ongoing professional environment for learning. This program offers students enrichment and practicum opportunities in addition to class meetings. Students develop teams, which meet between class sessions to provide additional study and preparation time and to extend the professional conversation.

A practicum of several months provides each student with superintendent experiences under the guidance and supervision of a practicing superintendent and a Cardinal Stritch University supervisor. The practicum provides the full range of experiences so the student is familiar with the superintendent role in all of its leadership aspects. The DPI Administrator Standards serve as a guide for the practicum.

All 21 credits earned in the District Administrator Licensure program transfer into our Doctorate in Leadership programs, so graduates can earn the first third of an Ed.D. or Ph.D. while working toward their District Administrator License. Program faculty are practitioners as well as expert instructors and Stritch has a very high job placement success rate. Currently there are approximately 57 superintendents in the greater Midwest that are graduates of Stritch.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (September)

Application Requirements

To qualify for admission to the District Administrator Licensure Program at Cardinal Stritch University, students must have:

  • Three years of administrative experience in K-12 schools
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in the field of education
  • A grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in master’s course work
  • Three structured references
  • A current administrative license: Director of Instruction, Principal, Business Manager, or Director of Pupil Services
  • Current Resume

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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