School Superintendent Certificate Program


The Educational Leadership Program at Montana State University offers the Montana School Superintendent Certificate Program to prepare candidates to complete all state requirements for licensure as a School Superintendent in Montana.  The Montana School Superintendent Certificate Program is a 15-credit certificate with coursework designed to be completed through an intensive summer program with a semester long internship following the coursework. 

Program Flow

Students must first apply to the Montana School Superintendent Certificate Program via the MSU Graduate School.  The early admission deadline is February 1st with final deadline of April 1st.  Once accepted to the program, students must enroll and begin summer session classes by mid-May.   Classes begin with online coursework and culminate with a two-week on campus experience during the last two weeks in June.

Program of Study

EDLD 620The School Superintendent3
EDLD 645Personnel and Collective Bargaining in MT3
EDLD 650MT Finance & Facilities3
EDLD 655MT Legal & Policy Studies3
EDLD 574Field Experience in Educational Leadership3
* Field experience is completed in a Montana school district of the candidate's choosing under the supervision of a properly licensed superintendent.
* Students who possess more than seven (7) years of principal experience in Montana or seven (7) years of experience as a central office administrator in Montana may petition the program to waive the field experience requirement.
Total Credits15

Educational Leadership Faculty

Dr. Tena Versland, Program Leader and Chair of School Superintendent Certificate Program
406-994-6799 Email:

Dr. Bill Ruff
406-994-4182 Email:

Dr. David Henderson
406-994-6424 Email:

Application for Montana School Superintendent Certificate in Educational Leadership

The minimum requirement for admission to the certificate program is a master's degree or current enrollment in a master's program. 

Complete the online application through the Graduate School Online Application System (and pay a non-refundable $60 application fee). During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials. 

  1. Official Academic Transcripts from each university attended. Transcripts must verify all bachelor's  and master's degree coursework (as well as a confirmation of both degrees submitted directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office either electronically to: or by mail to: 215 Reid Hall, P.O. Box 172880, Montana State University, 59717.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume. Include three references
  3. Personal statement - please address the following
    1. Brief background (describe qualifications, previous educational experience, teaching experience, leadership experience)
    2. Goal for completing the Certificate  - What are the applicant's leadership goals?

* NOTE: Additional information may be requested by the Admissions Committee upon receipt of application.

How to Apply

To discuss requirements for licensure and applying for the School Superintendent Certificate Program contact:

Dr. Tena Versland, Chair of School Superintendent Certificate Program
406-994-6799 Email:

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

Application Deadlines

April 1st is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the School Superintendent Certificate must be submitted via the online application system.  By submitting materials by the deadline, accepted students may be eligible for early registration. In order for a graduate degree application to be reviewed for admission, all required application documents must be submitted prior to the department’s posted deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

  • Fall  Semester: April 1st
  • Summer Cohort Session:  April 1st

Contact Information

Micki MacGregor, Graduate Program Assistant
PO Box 172880, Reid Hall 215
Department of Education, Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2880
Phone: 406-994-6786 Email: