Proposed Amendments to Part 33 (Programs for the Preparation of Superintendents in Illinois)

In 2012, State Board educator licensure staff formed the Illinois Superintendent Advisory Group (ISAG) with the charge of developing recommendations to redesign the way in which superintendents are prepared in Illinois. The group met monthly from July 2012 to May 2013 and consisted of practicing and retired superintendents, as well as representatives of institutions of higher education with superintendent preparation programs, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, teachers unions, organizations that advocate on behalf of or study education, and groups that crafted the redesigned principal preparation programs several years ago.

The examination of the way in which superintendents are prepared represents a continuation of efforts to redesign educator preparation programs. The ISAG's recommendations build upon the work of the Illinois School Leadership Task Force and others, regarding principal preparation, by focusing on the role of the school district superintendent as the chief instructional leader of the district. The expectations for and competencies expected of candidates in the new superintendent preparation programs are informed by recent educational reforms, such as implementation of performance evaluations incorporating student growth, and the results of ongoing research focusing on the impact that effective school leadership has on student achievement.

Proposed New Part 33 borrows heavily from the structure of Part 30 (Programs for the Preparation of Principals in Illinois). It is organized around general requirements, internship and required coursework, candidate selection, program approval and competencies for superintendents. Companion changes are being made in Part 25 (Educator Licensure) in sections that address the requirements for receipt of the superintendent endorsement on the professional educator license.

Staff are proposing that programs that prepare superintendents meet the new requirements set forth in Part 33 by September 1, 2019, which should give existing programs ample time to ensure alignment. Further, existing programs will not be allowed to enroll any new candidates after September 1, 2016, thereby enabling the cohorts participating in those programs to complete their studies and receive the endorsement before the new requirements take effect. Currently, 18 programs are approved for the preparation of superintendents.

Initial Review by State Board of Education: March 2014

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