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  Dec 15, 2017
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

School Administration (M.S.A.)


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Program Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A Teaching License or a comparable license from another state,
  • have completed at least 3 years of successful full-time teaching or equivalent experience in public schools. Pre-school teachers may include private sector experience,
  • submit three letters of recommendation from employers or former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s  aptitude for graduate study and potential as a school leader. One recommendation must be from the current immediate supervisor.

Program Description

The Masters in School Administration is earned through the completion of a two-year, six-semester graduate program.  Students will take twelve, three-credit courses, for a total of 36 credit-hours. This graduate program utilizes a hybrid (face-to-face and on-line) course delivery model.  Four of the twelve classes (one per semester except summer semesters) will require face-to-face attendance.  For each of these four classes, students will attend eight days of face-to-face instruction for a total of sixteen, face-to-face class days per semester.  Each face-to-face class consists of a full-day, six-hour session.  All face-to-face sessions will be held at our Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville, NC.  The remaining instructional hours for the courses will be delivered in an on-line format.

Students will take three, prescribed, three-credit courses across four semesters. An internship, spanning across two semesters, is included in the prescribed course sequence.  Internships are competency based and involve many aspects of a principal’s responsibilities, including leadership of an improvement initiative.

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