Urban School Leadership and Administration, Post-Master's Certificate
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Urban School Leadership and Administration requires 27 credit hours and is designed to prepare students for positions as principals or assistant principals in urban schools. The certificate meets the requirements of the state legislation that supports an alternative path to school administration licensure (also known as “add-on” principal licensure).
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a current resume that details all previous leadership and professional roles and a personal statement (see departmental website for topic and details). One of the required recommendations must come from a principal or education supervisor. Some applicants may be requested to participate in an interview.
Qualified applicants will have a master’s degree in education or a field closely affiliated with youth or adult development and at least 3 years of teaching or other professional educational experience (not limited to public schools).
- Required: 27 credit hours
|The School Principalship|
|Leadership for Teaching and Learning|
|Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention, and Evaluation|
|Urban School Organizational Leadership: Best Practices|
|Cultural and Political Dimensions of Schooling|
|Required Field Experiences||12|
|Practicum in Educational Administration *|
Students are required to complete an internship experience in an urban educational setting equivalent to one year of full-time administrative field experience.
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.
Prior to program completion, each student will prepare a portfolio that describes and reflects on his/her development during the certificate program. ELC faculty members will review the student’s capstone experience for approval.