Marian University receives approval for school superintendent licensure program

by News Release | May 13, 2020

female-graduate-student-in-classroomINDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Board of Education gave final approval today for Marian University to offer a school superintendent licensure program. Superintendent coursework will be part of the university’s new Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, whose first cohort begins classes in July 2020.

This new level of licensure builds on 10 years of proven success in preparing building-level administrators in Marian University’s Klipsch Educators College Leadership Academy. It also helps fulfill Marian University’s vision to “prepare transformative leaders for service to the world.” Academy graduates currently serve as leaders in district schools, charter schools, and faith-based schools.

The Doctorate in Education uses an executive-program format with classes in the summer and one weekend a month. This format allows individuals to advance their careers while also meeting current work and family obligations. One path of courses will lead to superintendent licensure and an alternate track will prepare candidates for leadership in other settings such as business, non-profits, government, and healthcare.

The deadline for applications to the inaugural cohort for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and superintendent licensure is May 22. The program will host a virtual information session on May 18 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit


About Marian University Indianapolis

Founded in 1937, Marian University is the only Catholic university in Indianapolis and central Indiana. In 2020, Marian is serving more than 2,400 undergraduate and 1,160 graduate students earning degrees in the arts, business, education, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, ministry, and the natural and physical sciences. The university’s high-impact, experiential curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities for students from 40 states and 23 nations. Marian climbed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Midwestern rankings to be named #6 Most Innovative Regional University, #15 Best Value University, and #30 Best Regional University. Marian University opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, making it the first new school of medicine in the state of Indiana in 110 years. Marian’s national champion varsity athletic programs include the 2012 and 2015 NAIA Football Championship, the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship, the 2019 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Championship, and more than 40 USA Cycling national championships.

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