Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

Education Specialist in Superintendency

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Why Choose Superintendency?

The Superintendent Education Specialist Degree program is designed for school principals who desire to move into district-level leadership positions. Coursework and district-level field activities based on state and national standards focus students' knowledge, skills, and dispositions toward becoming impactful, effective leaders who balance commitments to students, teachers, staff, and the community. 

The program does not lead to an initial teaching license. Upon completion of the program, students who hold a current Ohio principal license, have at least three years of building level leadership experience, and pass the appropriate licensure exam, will qualify for the Ohio Professional Administrator Superintendent license as regulated by the Ohio Department of Education.  Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

Contact Information

Grant Hambright, Program Director



"Best Online Programs—Graduate Education," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State’s online Master of Education program, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, 43rd among the 275 schools responding to the survey, naming it among “Best Online Programs — Graduate Education.”

Source: Wright State Newsroom


Academics and Curriculum

View the Education Specialist: Superintendent concentration program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Superintendency Program of Study (PDF)


Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current Principal License
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores in the 50th percentile or better

NOTE: Test requirement is waived if the applicant's cumulative graduate GPA (from all schools attended) is 3.5 or higher.

**COVID-19 Update and GRE and MAT Waivers: GRE and MAT test requirements will be waived until the COVID-19 crisis has passed, and testing locations have reopened.

Admission Process


Apply to Graduate School.

Admission is in Fall A & B terms, Spring A & B terms, and Summer A & B terms. Apply at least six weeks prior to the term of enrollment.


Submit to the Graduate School:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (except Wright State)
  • Official GRE or MAT scores if applicable
  • Current principal license with application
  • Three recommendation forms (effective for all applicants applying for Spring 2018 semester and thereafter). At least one of these forms must be from a direct supervisor -- principal, superintendent or other school administrator. Please see the Graduate School application for the required two-page recommendation forms.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453

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