How to Become a Superintendent in Ohio

Educators can sometimes find themselves at a crossroads in their careers. There are often several options to consider when choosing a course of action. Some may decide to continue teaching at their current level, some may choose further education in order to advance within their field, and others may choose to pursue more administrative and leadership roles within their school system. For those who want to go into administration, learning how to become a superintendent can be confusing.

In Ohio, the Department of Education has outlined what is needed to become a superintendent. First, a teacher must have a master’s degree. Once you have a master’s degree, you can earn an education specialist degree (Ed.S.), which can be very beneficial if you are an educator who wants to become a principal or superintendent.

After earning a master’s degree or education specialist degree, educators must complete a preparation program, accompanied by a recommendation from the dean of the school where that program was completed. Then, they must pass a mandatory leadership exam administered by the Ohio Department of Education. This computer-based test is nearly four hours long and consists of multiple-choice questions, constructed-response assignments and case study written assignment(s). The test content covers four domains: Visionary and Inclusive Leadership, Student Learning, Systems for Capacity Building, and Resource Management and Education Law. Finally, those wishing to be a superintendent must have at least three years’ experience in a role that required them to hold a principal or administrative specialist license.

It can be time-consuming to figure out how to become a superintendent. There are many requirements and a lot of coursework that is needed to qualify for the role. However, the results can be very rewarding for those who wish to pursue a leadership role and want to work with many different schools and teachers.

Learn about the Write State University online Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development program.


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