Superintendent of Schools Certification


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Tara Chudy
Tel: 203-365-4735

Program Location

West Campus
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825

Program Director

David G. Title, Ed. D.
West Campus
Tel: 203-365-4810

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Superintendent of Schools (093) Certification

CAPSS - Leadership for the Future of Learning
In partnership with the 
Connecticut Association of
Public School Superintendents

The Superintendent of Schools (093) certification program at Sacred Heart University (SHU) will prepare candidates to serve as a superintendent of schools in a public school system in Connecticut. The 093 Certification program will prepare candidates by examining problems of leadership practice for school superintendents through coursework and a yearlong internship.

The curriculum was designed by and will be taught by highly successful superintendents of schools to address the demands and opportunities of the current superintendent role.

This is a one-year, 15-credit program. Courses will be offered in a cohort model consisting of 15-18 students. Candidates will complete four academic courses over two semesters. Courses will meet on alternating Saturdays exclusively on the Fairfield campus. The cohort meets on a Friday and Saturday to start, followed by three additional meetings occurring every other Saturday.

Students will also complete a one-year internship to serve as an immersion experience with an experienced and successful superintendent of schools. For most of the internship, candidates work in a district other than their own, although the final project for the internship is a Capstone that seeks to solve a critical district-wide instructional issue in the candidate’s home district.

“The coursework for the program is rigorous and closely aligned to the current role of the superintendent. Each course is focused on problems of practice which require relevant research and deep, strategic thinking to effectively discuss the presented issues. The coursework, combined with a yearlong internship, will make this a solid program for perspective superintendents.” - Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

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What will I study?

Academic courses cover all aspects of leading a school system:

  • Politics
  • Policy
  • Governance
  • Core Operations
  • Leading district-level improvement
  • Human and financial resources

About the Instructors

All instructors are experienced superintendents of schools with a track record of sustained excellence. Each cohort will have three adjunct professors who are practicing superintendents in Connecticut.

Latest News & Events

CT Post: Sacred Heart to help alleviate school superintendent shortage

April 6, 2018

Sacred Heart University is getting into the business of creating school superintendents. The state Board of Education this week gave unanimous approval to a program that will allow existing school administrators to train for top district leadership roles. The one-year, 15-credit program will start this fall, with an expected enrollment of 15 to 18. It will leave participants with an “093” certificate which is required in Connecticut to be a schools superintendent. The program requires no exit test.

Sacred Heart to Become First Private Institution to Offer 093 Superintendent Certification

April 5, 2018

Sacred Heart University will launch a state certification program for aspiring school superintendents (093) this fall. Candidates who complete the course requirements will earn a sixth-year diploma upon graduation. David G. Title, assistant professor in the Education Leadership and Literacy Department, will be the program director. Title will teach two courses and also oversee all aspects of the certification path. “The program’s goal is to ensure that every candidate acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful superintendent of schools upon completion,” he explains.