School Administration, M.S.A.

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In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae and a personal statement (see departmental website for topic and details).

Qualified applicants will have at least three years of teaching or other professional educational experience (not limited to public schools).

Application deadline: May 15.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 42 credit hours

Required Courses (24 credits)
ELC 616Culturally Responsive Leadership3
ELC 660The School Principalship3
ELC 670Leadership for Teaching and Learning3
ELC 673Principal Leadership for Special Education 3
ELC 675Schools as Centers of Inquiry 3
ELC 683Engaging the Public in Education 3
ELC 684Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention, and Evaluation 3
ELC 694Cultural and Political Dimensions of Schooling 3
Electives (6 credits)
Select two courses (6 credits) of electives *6
Required Field Experiences (12 credits)
ELC 690Practicum in Educational Administration **12
Total Credit Hours42

Students will work with their advisors to choose two electives (6 credits)— 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. Advisors will encourage students to choose electives that create interdisciplinary and interprofessional connections in the student's preparation.


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

Capstone Experience

To be eligible to receive North Carolina 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.