What Does A Superintendent Do?

A superintendent oversees everything that has to do with a school system.  He/she is basically the CEO of an entire school system. 



How Do I Become A Superintendent?

A master’s degree in educational leadership or administration is generally required to obtain this position. In some districts, a specialist degree or doctorate may be required. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. A specialist degree may take an additional one-two years after the master’s degree, while a doctorate may take an additional two-three years after the master’s degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

What is the Average Salary For A Superintendent?

According to Payscale:

High – 186,000
Median – 116,000
Low – 82,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Superintendent?

  • Science – As much as possible, including psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking

What Is The Work Environment For A Superintendent?

Superintendents work in school district offices.  They are likely to spend some time visiting schools within their district, and they will need to work year-round.  

What Is The Future Outlook For A Superintendent?

Because of the limited number of these positions, there is likely to be a lot of competition for these jobs. 


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
  • Payscale

What Degree Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Superintendent?