Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC)

Master of School Administration (MSA) in Educational Leadership [Online]

The Master of School Administration (MSA) meets state standards for North Carolina Level I administrator licensure principal). The degree requires 42 semester hours. Students engage the content of leadership preparation through graduate classroom engagement and assignments, observing schools and school leaders in their practice, and performing tasks under the supervision of a school-based and university mentor during the internship.

Courses are offered in the evenings during the Fall and Spring terms and at various times in the Summer term. Courses are offered off campus or in blended, online formats. Most students are enrolled part-time.

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Program Contact

Brian Clarida
School of Education Building Room 362


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Example Careers:

Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director, Assistant Superintendent

Designed For

Typically, the program attracts students who would like to pursue school administration.

Program of Study

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (24 hours)

  • ELC 616 Culturally Responsive Leadership
  • ELC 660 The School Principalship
  • ELC 670 Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • ELC 673 Principal Leadership for Special Education
  • ELC 675 Schools as Centers of Inquiry
  • ELC 683 Engaging the Public in Education
  • ELC 684 Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention, and Evaluation
  • ELC 694 Cultural and Political Dimensions of Schooling

Electives (6 hours)

Students will work with their advisers to choose two electives (6 hours)— either in the Department or outside it—that match the student’s interests and provide both content and activities that are necessary to complete the student’s preparation. Advisers will encourage students to choose electives that create interdisciplinary and interprofessional connections in the student’s preparation.

Required Field Experiences (12 hours)

Students are required to complete an internship experience that is the equivalent of one year of full-time administrative field experience.

  • ELC 690 Practicum in Educational Administration

Capstone Experience

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.

Application Deadline

May 15th (new deadline in view of the current Covid-19 situation)

Graduate Program infobutton

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice. 

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Masters in School Administration (MSA) program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at with any questions regarding this data.