USF to Offer Superintendent Preparation Program

Jan. 17, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

Beginning this semester, the University of St. Francis (USF) will be one of only seven programs to be accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education to offer a superintendent preparation program. The endorsement can be earned as part of a Doctor of Education
degree or as a stand-alone endorsement.

Key features of the program include:

  • A focus on professional practice through field experiences embedded into courses
  • An emphasis on servant leadership as a school district superintendent
  • Mentoring and coaching to support candidates as they prepare for the position
  • An 88% completion rate as compared to the national rate of 55%
  • Candidates seeking the Doctor of Education degree begin their dissertation in the second semester and receive guidance each semester from a dissertation mentor throughout the program; thereby, assuring successful completion.

The Doctor of Education program is a 60 credit hour program consisting of 20 courses taught over 10 semesters (3.5 years), resulting in the Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent endorsement. The dissertation is embedded into the program.

The stand-alone Superintendent Endorsement program is a 36 credit hour program consisting of 12 courses. Candidates may take one or two courses per semester.

For more information about the superintendent endorsement program please contact Dr. Keith Pain at

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,850 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are 47,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.