District Licensure Program - Superintendents/Special Education Directors/School District Leadership

The District Licensure program is designed to help practicing professionals who wish to become a superintendent of schools, special education director or district-level leader to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. (Program website.)

 Application Requirements

  • Application to the Graduate School with the degree code G41D
  • Three recommendations from supervisors and/or professional peers of which at least one must be from a supervisor that attests to the applicants potential as an administrator. (Word file)
  • Evidence of a professional license in school building leadership.
  • A five-hundred word statement that discusses your leadership experience (formal/informal; professional/non-professional). The applicant must be specific as to his/her leadership experience detailing the goals and outcomes of the applicant's leadership experience. The statement of purpose will be analyzed for evidence of leadership ability and writing skill. (PDF file)


Program Requirements

The district program requires 21 credit hours of coursework.1

EL 884Leadership in Vision, Collaboration and Planning3
EL 953Financial Support of Education3
EL 956Human Services Leadership3
EL 963Policy and Politics in Educational Leadership3
EL 964Administration & Supervision of Special Education3
EL 992Superintendency/Internship6
Total Credit Hours21

 Applicants are encouraged to contact the coordinator of the district licensure program to find out if previous professional experiences might be able to reduce the number of courses required to complete this program.

Licensure Requirements

Once a candidate has successfully completed all coursework and obtained the requisite score on the School Superintendent Assessment, they should contact Stacie Ogborn, licensure officer at Wichita State (stacie.ogborn@wichita.edu or 316-978-3300) with questions regarding licensure.