Become a District Administrator for a school district in an online program

Gain leadership, communication, and other key skills needed to be an effective District Administrator for a school district. The Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) changed the Superintendent licensure to District Administrator to align better with this leadership position in education. This program can be completed in as little as 12 months with accelerated online courses and minimal in-person requirements.

Cost Per Credit$925
100% Online

This program is offered fully online to fit your busy lifestyle!

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Program Overview

Concordia's 21-credit online District Administrator licensure is designed for those who already have a master’s degree in education and hold (or are eligible for) a Wisconsin Principal (#5051) license. The program is designed to be completed in two years, but you can finish it in as little as 12-18 months by doubling up on courses. Our two online modalities are designed to provide you with the flexibility you need to navigate your work-life balance:

Online (Self-paced)

  • 100% online
  • No required class dates
  • Works independently


  • 100% online
  • Class dates are via Zoom
  • Do independent and group work

Courses are online and eight weeks in length. However, there are two courses that require face-to-face interactions and these are scheduled on Saturday's. This face-to-face instruction will take place at the beginning and the end of these respective courses. This means you will have four different Saturday sessions to attend to complete your district administrator licensure. Courses are taught by experienced instructors who hold a Ph.D. or a Doctorate in the field of education.

What to Expect

Our online program will help you meet Wisconsin Administrator Standards for the role of a district administrator while also preparing you to identify the social, political, and economic forces influencing school districts and communities. You will develop skillful and wise discernment to navigate your duties as a school district administrator such as the delegation of authority, curriculum evolution, data analysis, strategic planning, and stakeholder and community relationships.

Students who desire licensure in a state other than Wisconsin must contact their state department of education for details about whether or not Concordia's coursework will meet state requirements. Students from outside of Wisconsin may be able to take this program without teacher licensing.

Interested in earning your doctorate in education? Consider applying 15 of the 21 required credits from the district administrator program toward your doctorate degree. Our interdisciplinary Doctor of Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement (LICI), provides the opportunity to enhance your skills and further your educational career.

Licensure / Certifications
WI #5003 District Administrator

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