National Superintendent Certification Program
Excellence in leadership in our nation's public schools has
never been more vital to our children’s success than it is today. The AASA
National Superintendent Certification Program is THE place for early career superintendents to
develop the skills, knowledge and professional networks they need to become the
excellent leaders our children, and our nation, need.
AASA has planned a robust experience that focuses on sharpening the skills that successful superintendents acknowledge are needed to thrive on the job, and provide a relevant experience for our members. It is clear that political and economic pressures of the job are exacerbated by growing intrusions into local control and a prevailing attitude that educators do not have the solutions, and indeed, are part of the problem. Our certificate will help our members thrive in these difficult conditions.
|Read the letter from Dan Domenech, executive director, AASA.
|Superintendents discuss why National Superintendent Certification Program is critical for school district leaders. Watch video [2:21].
Through our in-depth curriculum, dynamic in-person sessions,
one-on-one mentoring, Capstone Project, and long-term professional networks,
the National Superintendent Certification Program delivers the comprehensive
leadership development early career leaders need. Our program focuses on key
Understanding and Developing Effective Board-Superintendent
Understanding and Ensuring Equity
Navigating Community, State and National Politics
The Impact Economic Pressures and Budgeting
Effective Instructional Leadership
Impactful and Effective Communications with All Stakeholders
Serving Effectively as CEO and Education Leader in the
District and Community
Our robust curriculum has been developed with extensive input from leading superintendents from
around the nation and is personalized and delivered by dynamic lead teachers
and expert guest presenters.
Our mentors are
current and recently retired superintendents who have been successful in leading
change in a variety of districts around the nation. They are dedicated to
sharing their knowledge and experience with the upcoming generation of
education leaders, and they share their time and talent generously with our
The Capstone Project is a practitioner-oriented project that will challenge Participants to use
their knowledge gained during the Certification Program, current expertise, and
work experience to analyze a district issue that requires intervention.
Participants will develop and implement an action plan to address the issue in
a comprehensive and lasting way.
To date, 70 AASA members have completed the National Superintendent Certification Program, with overwhelmingly positive results. The camaraderie,
honesty and openness that participants describe are the experiences that our
AASA members have been asking for.
Take a few moments to listen as Program alumni share the
importance of their experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUdAclBkd5M
AASA is the premier organization for school district
leadership. That's why we encourage superintendents who are in their early
years on the job to consider enrolling our Certification Program. The National
Superintendent Certification Program will continue to help our members
successfully answer the call of leadership duties as we move our nation's
school into a new era of success.
For more information, contact National Superintendent Certification Program Offices