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District-Wide Supervisory Certificate: Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

A Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction is a districtwide specialist in curriculum and instruction across the total grade organization and is responsible for performing the following duties:
  • supervising instruction and evaluating staff as designated by the school superintendent;
  • designing and developing curriculum, learning materials and innovative educational programs;
  • conducting experimental instructional programs, and
  • directing and conducting basic or applied educational research.
Issuance of the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction certificate requires a minimum of five years professional school experience in an instructional area.
Preparation for this professional certificate is at the graduate level and presumes in-depth study in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.
A person prepared as a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction may be eligible for certification provided the applicant:
  1. Has completed an approved program of graduate study preparing the applicant for the broad area, district-wide supervisory functions specified by the endorsement area of the certificate. (Preparation completed out-of-state must meet Pennsylvania standards for certification.)
  2. Is recommended for certification by the authorized certification officer of the institution where such education was obtained, or holds a comparable certificate from another state (for out-of-state graduates only).
  3. Provides a chief school administrator's verification of the completion of five years of satisfactory professional school experience as mentioned above (22 PA Code Section 49.111).
  4. Has provided evidence of satisfactory achievement on assessments prescribed by the Department under Section 49.18(a).
  5. Is able to meet all other requirements provided by law.

Application Forms and Fees

A listing of institutions with approved programs for the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction certificate can be found at Approved Certification Programs.


I.  Knowing the Content
The professional education program provides evidence that Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction certification candidates complete a clearly articulated post-baccalaureate program that assesses the candidate's potential for supervision through an examination of their oral and written communication skills, qualifying work experience, organizational ability and personal motivation prior to admission.  The program also provides evidence that the candidates demonstrate their knowledge of and competence in the fundamental concepts of supervising an instructional program including:
I.A.  Theories of curriculum design that are based upon:
  • philosophical, sociological, and historical foundations,
  • democratic values,
  • student, school, and community needs,
  • guidelines of the learned societies and academic standards,
  • changing socio-economic conditions
I.B.  Theories of organization that promote the school culture as a learning community including:
  • collaborative planning processes,
  • team-building and shared best practices,
  • interdisciplinary curricula approaches
I.C.  Curriculum development processes based upon research, applied theories, and informed practice including:
  • alignment of multiple curricular content areas and instructional goals and objectives,
  • concepts of scope, sequence, balance, and integration,
  • establishment of learning outcomes,
  • multiple assessment techniques
I.D.  School organizational structures that support teaching strategies and student outcomes including:
  • class scheduling alternatives,
  • school facilities and classroom design,
  • diverse instructional methodologies,
  • infusion of technology into curriculum and instruction
I.E.  Models of supervision and teaching including:
  • clinical and developmental,
  • cognitive and peer coaching,
  • observation and conferencing,
  • learner vs. teacher centered,
  • interdisciplinary teaming
I.F.  Role and function of personnel supervision including:
  • identifying continuous staff development needs and resources,
  • organizing, facilitating, and evaluating professional development programs,
  • integrating district and school priorities,
  • coordinating multi-discipline curriculum integration teams,
  • improving faculty as a resource,
  • applying effective job analysis procedures, supervisory techniques and staff performance appraisal,
  • negotiating and managing staff conflicts
II. Performances
The professional education program provides evidence that Supervisory certification candidates are assessed and meet the established program competencies and exit criteria during their participation in 360 hours of field experiences and a practicum and demonstrate their ability to perform the major task areas of policy determination, program development, and instructional supervision including:
II.A.  Designing curriculum scope and sequence
II.B.  Evaluating instructional methodologies and strategies
II.C.  Monitoring and developing alternative forms of student assessment
II.D.  Assessing instructional service delivery
II.E.  Identifying staff development needs and resources
II.F.  Planning activities to address the needs of the educational program
II.G.  Integrating curriculum across multiple disciplines
II.H.  Budgetary planning for curriculum and personnel development
III.  Professionalism
The professional education program provides evidence that certification candidates demonstrate knowledge and competencies that foster professionalism in school and community settings including:
III.A.  Professional organizations, publications and resources
III.B.  Integrity and ethical behavior, professional conduct as stated in Pennsylvania's Code of
Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators; and local, state, and federal laws and regulations
III.C.  Collaborating with school colleagues, and other professionals to improve student learning
III.D.  Communicating effectively with parents/guardians, other agencies and the community at large to support learning by all students
January 2001
For additional information, please contact:

Division of Certification Services

Pennsylvania Department of Education - School Leadership and Teacher Quality
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.728.3224

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