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School Administrator Certificate

School Administrator Certificate


School Administrator Certificate


The Administrative Certification program is designed to prepare candidates with advanced knowledge and skills in leading and managing a school committed to the success of all students. The program focuses on preparing candidates to serve as the instructional leader in the school, ensuring both a supportive environment and rich learning experiences for students and adults. Candidates learn to effectively engage the systems within which schooling is embedded by understanding and applying principles of system theory in their planning, decision making, and change processes. They examine the relationships among social justice, school culture and student achievement and are challenged to work for a school vision and culture of high expectations and equitable opportunities for all students.


The Administrative Certificate Program is a 21-24 credit program open to certified teachers who already hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and are interested in becoming a K-12 principal. The program is offered online. Candidates can complete the program in 4 semesters if they register for a minimum of six credits a term. Students who are currently principals are able to submit a professional portfolio to be reviewed for consideration of waiving Internship II (EDL 687).


  • Certificate program requires a master’s degree from an accredited higher education institution
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
  • Career plan
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the candidate’s leadership potential
  • Completed application
  • Elementary or secondary teaching certificate
  • Beginning with Fall 2015 entrants, candidates will be required to take the Praxis test (or similar exam) during their Internship I course. Test fees for the Praxis test are currently $115 plus some additional fees for reports. It might be prudent to estimate $200 for test related costs.


For Information, Contact:
Dr. Mary Katherine Hamilton, IHM
Associate Professor /
Coordinator of Educational Leadership
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