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Accelerated Licensure Program for Superintendents

The Accelerated Licensure Program for Superintendents at The Ohio State University trains high-impact education professionals to become school district executive leaders. As a part of this program, you will receive a rich educational experience while learning from acclaimed professors and mentored by practicing superintendents.


In the Accelerated Licensure Program for Superintendents you will develop the leadership and communications skills needed to become a high performing superintendent in the 21st century.

Professionals a part of this prestigious program seek to achieve the highest levels of accomplishment they can in education. And our highly ranked and respected leadership program puts educators on the path to make those professional goals a reality.

This 12-month program is designed for education professionals who already have significant leadership experience, a demonstrated track record of success and are dedicated to continual education in teaching and learning.

Included are the basics of how a school district operates – taught by practitioners who make up the district to the building systems needed to keep them going. Also included is board of education politics and public relations as well as finance and administrative policies and responsibilities. Finally, opportunities are provided to learn leadership directly from a superintendent mentor who can show you these skills in practice.

To be considered for the Accelerated Licensure Program for Superintendents, you must have a letter of recommendation from your district's superintendent, meet all graduate school requirements and have leadership experience or opportunity for leadership experience.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at

Required Courses - 12 Hours

ESEADM 7362: Board Politics and Public Relations

ESEADM 7366: Administrative Responsibilities, Policy/Perspectives
ESEADM 7897: Special Topics: Educational Administration
Begin Planned School District Field Experience

ESEADM 7364: Finance of School Districts
ESEADM 7189: Planned School District Field Experience


Deadline to Apply: 
April 15
Program Start: 
Summer semester

Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 12
Prerequisites: Master's degree and three years successful leadership experience
Coursework: Leadership, administration, school finance, public relations, politics, field experience

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Anika Anthony, PhD, Associate Professor
Noelle Arnold, PhD, Professor
Karen Beard, PhD, Associate Professor, Program Chair
Melissa Conrath, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Phillip Daniel, EdD, Flesher Professor Emeritus
Belinda Gimbert, PhD, Associate Professor
Roger Goddard, PhD, Fawcett Chair and Professor
Dustin Miller, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Scott Sweetland, PhD, Professor


Superintendents in Residence

John Marschhausen, PhD, Hilliard City Schools
Talisa Dixon, EdD, Columbus City Schools
Marie Ward, PhD, Fairfield County Educational Service Center


Student Services and Graduate Studies

Dr. Karen Beard