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.  Once accepted to the program, students must enroll and begin summer semester 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, Chair of School Superintendent Certificate Program
406-994-6799 Email:

Dr. Bill Ruff
406-994-4182 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. See this link for complete details on deadlines and other important information on applying for this program. Once you review and are ready to apply, do so through the Graduate School Online Application System. If you have questions before applying, consider contacting:

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:


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