This is a post-master’s program.  Although formal admission into the Educational Leadership program is not required, candidates must apply to the Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student before April 1. Candidates must also hold a master’s degree and principal endorsement as a prerequisite for taking courses within this option. The Superintendent Licensure Program provides the minimum academic requirements needed for a Superintendent Endorsement in Montana to those currently holding a Class III License with a K-12 Principal Endorsement.

Program Flow

The purpose of this program is to provide the minimum skills and knowledge required for the position of district superintendent. In addition to improving skill and knowledge, it is the goal of the program to create strong networks among students to support effective practices.  To that end, classes are generally offered in a blended format which combines face-to-face delivery and distance delivery.  An appropriate balance of theory and practice is designed into the content of the coursework.

Courses are offered in a blended format. The summer courses start with online instruction in early June and face-to-face instruction is held later in June with course completion in July.

Contact the Department of Education's Graduate Program Office (see contact information below) before April 1, for assistance in completing the Graduate Application for a non-degree seeking student.
*Note, there will be no fee attached to the application, as students will not be associated with the MSU Graduate School. The application is merely for contact and previous schooling information.

Contact Dr. Tena Versland, Program Leader in Educational Leadership, to discuss the lineup of courses required for certification and individual circumstances.

Information about course offerings may be found on the Department of Education website:http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/educ/edleadership/super.shtml

Program of Study

All candidates must complete courses in the following: Montana School Law; Montana School Finance; Montana Collective Bargaining and Employent Law. MSU Courses that satisfy those requirements are: EDLD 655EDLD 650EDLD 645  
EDLD 620 The School Superintendent 3
EDLD 645 Personnell and Collective Bargaining in MT 3
EDLD 650 MT Finance & Facilities 3
EDLD 655 MT Legal & Policy Studies 3
EDLD 574 Field Exper in Ed Ldrshp 3
Total Credits 15

*Candidates with 5 or more years experience as a principal and who have extensive central office experience may petition the faculty to waive the Field Experience requirement.

*Note: candidates who do not have a K-12 endorsement must also take EDLD 565 Instructional Leadership and 3 credits of EDLD 574 Field Experience in a setting that compliments their current principal endorsement. Those with a Secondary School Principal endorsement will perform Field Experience in an elementary school setting. Those with an Elementary School Principal endorsement will perform Field Experience in a secondary school setting.

How to Apply

Contact the Educational Leadership faculty to discuss requirements for licensure.

Complete the Graduate School application available online at the Graduate School website.

Educational Leadership Faculty

Dr. Tena Versland, Program Leader
406-994-6799 Email: tena.versland@montana.edu

Dr. Bill Ruff
406-994-4182 Email: wruff@montana.edu

Dr. David Henderson
406-994-6424 Email: david.henderson3@montana.edu

Dr. Art Bangert
406-994-7424 Email: abangert@montana.edu

Contact Information

Graduate Program Assistant
Montana State University
PO Box 172880
Reid Hall 215, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880