District Leadership

The District Leadership Program is a 21 credit hour programthat allows an individual to obtain a district-level license to lead a school district in the state of Kansas. This program provides an opportunity for persons who currently hold a Kansas professional building leadership license to participate in advanced graduate training that leads to positions as a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, or Special Education Director.  Throughout the state of Kansas, there are many completers of this Wichita State program who are working in these roles.

In addition to the prescribed coursework of five seminars and a year-long internship working with a practicing professional, candidates must take and submit a passing score on the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA). The SSA is based on-ISLLC standards regarding knowledge, performance, and dispositions necessary for a district-level school leadership position.

Video clip from Craig Elliott, program coordinator.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the Graduate School with the degree code G41D
  • Three recommendations (PDF file) from supervisors and/or professional peers of which at least one must be from a supervisor that attests to the prosepective candidate's potential as a leader who shows promise for leading a school district or special education unit.
  • Evidence of a professional leadership license.
  • Five-hundred word professional goal statement that presents the prospective candidate's leadership experience (formal/informal; professional/non­ professional). The applicant must be specific as to his/her leadership experience detailing the goals and outcomes of the applicant's leadership experience. The statement  will be analyzed for evidence of leadership ability and writing skill.
  • Minimum grade-point average (G.P.A.) of 3.25 for the first 30 hours of graduate course work leading to a professional building leadership license from an accredited institution of higher education.

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Course Checksheet
This list of classes will help you track your progress in this program and allows you to see which classes are offered by semester to help you with future planning.