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.

“Our superintendent preparation program is based on the fundamental concepts of the servant leadership: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; teach others the way you would like to be taught; lead others the way you would like to be led,” says Dr. Stephen Midlock, professor and coordinator of the Doctor of Education program at USF. “Our goal is to help our doctoral candidates to become effective, service-oriented educational leaders.”

For more information about the superintendent endorsement program please contact Dr. Stephen Midlock at smidlock@stfrancis.edu.

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 stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.