Become a School Leader in One Year

Executive Leadership Program


The Executive Leadership Program is a one-year program designed to provide aspiring individuals outstanding preparation for taking on the leadership role and responsibilities of a Superintendent of Schools and other District Office leadership positions. Graduates of this program qualify for the Connecticut superintendent’s certificate and possess the knowledge necessary for successfully meeting the challenges of the 21st century superintendency.

Program Structure-Cohort Model


  • Five (5) three-credit courses including a two semester internship with an experienced ELP Mentor Superintendent (3 credits). Participants can expect to attain their CT 093 certification in one year upon satisfactory completion of this program. 
  • Superintendent Internship–The internship or clinical practicum is a key component of the program.  Participants are paired with an experienced superintendent mentor. Internship experiences typically take place on evenings, Saturdays, vacation periods, and during the regular school week. Participants use professional development and vacation time to meet this requirement. The internship culminates with a Capstone Project completed during the spring semester in the cohort member’s district in cooperation with the superintendent. The ELP Internship is coordinated and supported through a partnership between the Department of Educational Leadership and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS).
  • Each course is delivered through a balance of academic and practitioner perspectives and emphasizes applied theory and case studies around authentic district leadership problems of practice. 
  • University and clinical faculty will serve as instructors in this program. Experienced superintendents and state policy-makers play an active role in the in “Neag/CAPSS Best Practices Seminars.”
  • Special Education course work, a requirement for the CT superintendent’s certificate, will be incorporated throughout the program.
  •  Location: All sessions will be held in a Hartford area location.