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2018-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Supervisory I Certification

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Post-Master’s degree programs leading to the Supervisory I Certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education are offered in Special Education.

A minimum of 15 credits are required. All work must be completed within a five-year period. To be recommended for the supervisory certificate, candidates must obtain a minimum quality point average equivalent to a grade of B with no more than one C grade. A second C grade will cause the student to be dismissed from the university.

Requirements for Admission to the Supervisory Program

  1. An earned Master’s degree with at least 15 graduate credits in subject field or educational specialist area.
  2. Two references: One completed by a chief school officer (district superintendent or intermediate unit executive director) in the school in which the candidate is currently employed or has been most recently employed; and one from a principal or immediate supervisor. Obtain forms from the department web site at
  3. Submit a completed Apprenticeship Application and Practicum Memorandum of Understanding between their school district and the program.
  4. School of Graduate Studies approval. The admission letter will outline each student’s program, including any additional requirements needed.

Supervisory I Certificate Requirements

The candidate shall:

  1. Take 6 to 9 graduate credits in the field of supervision to qualify for a practicum experience. (Enrollment in a minimum of 15 credits is required at Shippensburg University for the student to be recommended for certification.)
  2. Complete the appropriate curriculum outlined in the letter of admission.
  3. Present a copy of an Instructional II or Educational Specialist II certificate in the subject area in which the supervisory certificate is desired.
  4. Complete a recent graduate research course in the appropriate field or show evidence of having completed comparable applied research in the field.
  5. Complete five years of successful professional experience in the supervisory area desired prior to being recommended for certification.
  6. Pennsylvania Department of Education requires a passing score on Praxis: Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision.

Curricula Leading to Supervisory I Certification

Each candidate, in addition to completing the course requirements specified for the specialty area, must demonstrate, through appropriate practicum activities, the identified competencies have been attained.

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