Superintendent’s Credential

The University of Mary offers administrators the courses required for the Superintendent Credential, issued by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The requirements may completed online or in a blended format, and students are invited to begin coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Actual requirements may vary based on current licensure and previous coursework. Final plan of study provided upon transcript review.



Management Theory and Personnel (3 credits)

Administrators must know how to effectively manage resources in order to attain school objectives. Students will study the theories of management and learn how they relate to effective decision-making. Discussion will focus on the study of research and data-based program evaluation, management and the use of information systems, planning and education improvement processes. By concentrating efforts toward these areas, administrators will develop effective management skills.

School Finance (2 credits)

The quality of fiscally based decisions that impact the students who attend our schools is often dependent upon the knowledge and judgment of the school administrator who understands the relationship between revenues and the development and maintenance of programs designed to benefit students. Attainment of competence in school finance is a lifelong process that requires flexible and analytical thinking. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the fundamental principles that govern school finance.

School Plant (2 credits)

The school plant is an important component of a safe and healthy school climate. This course provides methods and procedures of developing, operating and maintaining school facilities.

Public Relations (3 credits)

An overview of the history, theory and research techniques and applications of public relations. This course also includes an introduction to public relations writing and design. Projects include brochure preparation, problem research and news releases. There will be a focus on critical analysis of public relations problems and remediation.

Special Education Law (2 credits)

Special education and general education teachers, administrators and related service personnel must know and apply the educational practices required by law in order to effectively serve all students, including those with special needs. This course teaches the history, intent, educational practices and major court cases in special education law. Emphasis will be on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Acts (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Internship: School Superintendent (2 credits)

School personnel have developed skills in their areas of study that are augmented by field based experiences under the supervision of master teachers and administrators. Students practice their knowledge and skills at practicum sites or other school environments. Through the internship/practicum, students have practical experiences in their areas of emphasis as well as experiences such as site based decision making, personal relations, curricular planning, organization and time management, and student relations.