School Supervisor Certificate

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This certificate authorizes the holder to be employed as a supervisor of instruction and athletic director (for those who do not hold a principal’s certificate) as well as an assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum and/or instruction in public schools.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

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Professor Anthony Bundy
Program Coordinator, Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A standard New Jersey instructional license or its equivalent or its out-of-state equivalent must be on file.
  • Submit the Record of Professional Experience form which must be filled out by your employer documenting at least three years of successful, fulltime teaching or educational services. Experience completed in a New Jersey public school must be completed under the appropriate certificate.

  • A completed master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • a least three years of successful, full-time teaching or educational services experience by program completion

Program Completion Requirements

  • If any of your coursework is completed post masters, you must be matriculated in the SUPV certificate program prior to completing 12 credits in order for WPU to recommend you to the state for the certificate.
  • Required 12 credits as outlined below.
  • At least three years of successful, fulltime teaching or educational services experience is required.
  • An original letter from a school official (principal or assistant principal or human services director), on the school’s official letterhead, must be submitted. Included should be dates of employment and the positions held during those specific dates. Experience completed in a New Jersey public school must be completed under the appropriate certificate.
  • Copy of a standard NJ instructional or educational services certificate or its out-of-state equivalent must be on file.
  • A master’s or higher degree is required from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts documenting the master’s degree conferral must be submitted. All credits/degree(s) must appear on a regionally accredited 4-year college/university transcript.

Note: If you have a master's degree from another college or university and need only 3 or fewer courses for supervisory endorsement, you may enroll as a non-degree student and take up to 9 credits including EDLP 6040 and 6090. However, you must apply to the NJ State Department of Education for supervisory certificate directly and have your credentials evaluated independently of William Paterson University. A state evaluator will determine suitable coursework for this certificate. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for the appropriate application for a non-degree student and fill out the application.

*Students who have completed the elective courses above prior to or during the summer of 2016 will be grandfathered with the understanding that those courses will count towards the future completion of the Supervisor Certificate program or completion of a M.Ed. program that included two NJDOE approved supervisory certificate courses.

Completion of all supervisory coursework must be within the university’s six year time limit to program completion including all time on official or unofficial leave.