Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership
The Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration requires 24-27 semester hours and is designed to prepare students for positions as principals or assistant principals and meets the requirements of the state legislation that supports an alternative path to school administration licensure (also known as “add-on” principal licensure). Students can enroll in either the online or face-to-face PMC.
Successful completion of this program culminates in a license, not a degree.
Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director, Assistant Superintendent
Typically, the program attracts students who would like to pursue school administration.
Program of Study
Required Courses (12-15 hours)
- ELC 660 The School Principalship
- ELC 670 Leadership for Teaching and Learning
- ELC 684 Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention, and Evaluation
- ELC 694 Cultural and Political Dimensions of Schooling
Based on an assessment of a student’s academic and professional background as reflected in the application, the PMC committee may require students to take an additional course in the ELC department to help prepare them for a school leadership role.
Required Field Experiences (12 hours)
Students are required to complete an internship experience equivalent to one year of full-time administrative field experience.
- ELC 690 Practicum in Educational Administration
To be eligible to receive NC state licensure as a principal, students must submit a Licensure Portfolio to the department for review. The portfolio will include material drawn from the student’s course work and internship and provide documentary evidence of meeting state leadership standards. ELC faculty members will review the student’s portfolio for approval.
Program and Course Delivery
We offer students a coordinated blend of online and hybrid online/face-to-face courses.
Our approach to program and course delivery is academically rigorous at the same time it is mindful of students’ professional obligations and personal lives.