For over 30 years, UNCG’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) has prepared interested and eligible educators to become licensed school administrators in Piedmont Triad area schools, as well as throughout North Carolina. In each of our principal preparation programs, students receive thorough training in key leadership ideas such as instructional, managerial, cultural, and micro-political leadership that are reflected in the North Carolina Standards for School Executives. Specific topics of concern include culturally responsive leadership, improving student and school achievement, conflict resolution, and community and family engagement. 

Faculty who teach in the program represent a unique, effective combination of experienced K-12 school leaders and productive researchers in educational leadership. Program delivery in each program is oriented to address the needs and time constraints of adult learners. Students who successfully complete the programs and meet all state requirements can receive North Carolina state licensure as school principals.

To learn more information about each of the ELC Principal Preparation Programs, click the links below.

Master’s in School Administration (MSA)

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. 


Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) is looking for those who are passionate about rural schools and who would like to participate in a fully-funded, intensive 42-credit hour Master of School Administration (MSA) two-year degree program.

Post Masters Certificate in School Administration (PMC-SA)

The P.M.C. in School Administration is designed to help build skills to meet the needs of all students and have a significant impact beyond the classroom. Students will learn about being a principal while studying anywhere, anytime in a convenient, first-rate program.


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 and funding opportunities offered in the School of Education.