Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Jan 08, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020


The Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected state executive position in the Indiana state government. The superintendent is the director of the Indiana Department of Education and serves on the state board of education. As head of the Indiana Department of Education, the superintendent of public instruction is responsible for ensuring the duties of the department are fulfilled. The department's duties include state statutes, as well as policies determined by the state board of education. Additionally, the department conducts research to aid in the development of educational policies, and compiles basic statistics about ethnicity, gender and disability status of Indiana public school students. Enrollment numbers and number of suspensions and expulsions are also recorded by the department. Expulsions and suspensions are recorded according to their causes (i.e. alcohol, drugs, deadly weapons, etc.). The superintendent has additional authority over school lunch programs and the distribution of surplus agricultural commodities. The salary for this position is $92,503/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Indiana Election Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the required filing forms. 2) Complete the required filing forms and submit the filing forms to the Indiana Election Division. The required forms include a Declaration of Candidacy, Nominating Petitions, A Statement of Economic Interest and other office specific forms. 3) To run as an independent, candidates must submit filing forms between January 8th, 2020 (118 days before the primary election) and June 30th, 2020 (June 30th by law) to appear on the general election ballot. If you plan to run as a candidate for one of the established political parties, contact the Indiana Election Division or the party office for the filing window and procedures to compete in the party primary. If you have any questions please contact the Indiana Election Division by phone at (317) 232-3939 or (800) 622-4941. Additionally, the 2016 Indiana Candidate Guide can be found here: