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ARCHIVED 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public School Leadership (Post Master’s Certificate)

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Program Admission Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • have completed a Master’s degree in Education or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina A teaching license or a comparable license for 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.
  • document ability to succeed at graduate level studies by meeting one of the following:
    • satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (30th percentile or above) or
    • satisfactory scores on the Miller’s Analogy Test (30th percentile or above) or
    • a master’s degree with 3.5 GPA from an accredited university in an educationally-related field or
    • a doctoral degree from an accredited university in an educationally-related field
  • 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.
  • have completed (or take) graduate courses in research, curriculum, educational foundations and advanced psychology as part of their master’s degree program.

Note: Acceptance into the program does not constitute admission to candidacy, which is determined at the end of EDL 601.

Program Description:

The certificate in Public School Leadership is a 24 hour post-master’s graduate certificate program leading to licensure in the state of North Carolina as a school principal (Principal Add-On License). This cohort based program engages students in core courses in a proscribed order, which generally consists of a course load ranging from 5 to 7 hours. The year long internship aligns directly with courses and consists of 2 semester hours across three semesters. Internships are competency based and involve many aspects of a principal’s responsibilities. A student who cannot complete the required EDL hours in a given semester will be required to petition the faculty to change to a different cohort. The program requires completion of the certificate within 6 years of admission. Certificate and licensure requirements are coordinated throughout the program but are independently granted. Certificate completion does not guarantee licensure recommendation.

Required Courses

Course requirements for recommendation of the Add-on license certificate in School Administration (Principal) requires 24 hours total. Due to the cohort model, all EDL courses must be taken in the semester designated or the candidate must petition to change cohorts as specified on the program advising website.

Other Requirements:

Each student admitted to the Post Masters Certificate in Public School Leadership is required to know the material on the program advising website and is responsible to contact his/her advisor for assistance prior to registering.

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