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Certificates Help with School Administration Shortage

To help address the shortage, MU started a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility and Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.

Across Pennsylvania, 15.4% of principals left Pennsylvania schools between 2021-22 and 2022-23, according to a new study out of the Penn State Center for Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The 4.2 percentage-point jump marks the state’s highest annual exodus on record. To help address the shortage of school administrators, Millersville University has started a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility and Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.

“Our school district superintendent certification program is flexible,” says Dr. Ann Gaudino, professor and founder-coordinator of the program at Millersville University. “It’s 100% online and working professionals can finish in one year. Additionally, all courses count towards the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for students who wish to attain a doctorate.”

Millersville’s certificate is unique within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. It consists of six courses taught by experts in the field and can be taken in any order.

Erica Fabie, an assistant principal in the Central York School District.,  is a student in the program. The mother of two children says she’s a learner. “Ultimately, I would love to be a superintendent,” says Fabie. She learned about the program from co-workers who spoke “very highly of Millersville and the University’s caring faculty.”

The program’s students will learn everything from advanced leadership and resource management to governance and leadership of instruction and learning and equity and inclusion.

You can learn more about the program here.

 

 

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