Program Admission Requirements
- 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.
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.