Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC)

Post-Masters Certificate in School Administration  [Online or Face to Face]

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.

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Program Contact

Brian Clarida
Office address: School of Education Building Room 362


All you need to know about the application process – click here to get started.

Successful completion of this program culminates in a license, not a degree.

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

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • ELC 735 The School Principalship
  • ELC 736 Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • ELC 737 Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention, and Evaluation
  • ELC 738 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 740 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 Deadlines

May 15 (face-to-face PMC program) (new deadline in view of the current Covid-19 situation)

April 30 (online PMC program)

Information on Gainful Employment

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 Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration (PMC-SA) 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.