School Administration (MSA; EdS in Educational Administration; School Leadership Certificate)

Master of School Administration
Education Specialist in Educational Administration
Graduate Certificate in School Leadership

Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
Reich College of Education

les.appstate.edu

Terry McClannon, Chair and Associate Professor
mcclannontw@appstate.edu

Barbara Howard, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
howardbb@appstate.edu

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies offers the following graduate programs related to school administration:

  • Master of School Administration (MSA) (Major Code: 433A/13.0409)[T]
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration (Major Code: 428A/13.0401)[T]
  • Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (Code: 473A/13.0409)

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies also offers graduate programs in Educational Media, Higher Education, and Library Science. These programs are detailed under separate headings in this bulletin.

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies serves the education community and the public through:

  • foundations of education courses for teacher education majors.
  • research courses to help students develop skills and knowledge needed to understand the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational research.
  • graduate programs in public school administration; community college and higher education administration, teaching,
  • developmental education and adult education; library science; and educational media/instructional technology.

The Master of School Administration degree prepares candidates for the challenges and rigor of the principalship in pk-12 schools. It will result in a North Carolina Principal's License, which is considered an entry-level administrative license. The focus of this program is the development of the skills and knowledge required by the North Carolina Standards for School Executives, revised and adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education in 2011.

The Educational Administration (Ed.S.) degree provides advanced graduate work in school administration at the Central Office or Superintendent's level. This degree leads to the sixth-year administrator license. The goal of this program is to prepare candidates for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration such as director, Associate/Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. The focus of this program is the development of the knowledge and skills required by the North Carolina Standards for School Superintendents, adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education (2007). Applicants must hold a valid North Carolina Principal's license.

General Information for All Students: A student working toward a degree and/or licensure in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies must develop her/his Program of Study in consultation with an approved advisor. Candidacy forms must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research before the student has completed 12 semester hours of course work. Degree students taking courses without being officially assigned an advisor and receiving the advisor's approval do so at the risk of not having the courses approved as part of the degree program.

All electives must be approved by the student's advisor in all programs. Students pursuing or holding graduate degrees in other departments, and also seeking administration and supervision licensure, must take the necessary courses and internship prescribed by the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

Students wishing to pursue any of the above degree programs should apply to the graduate school for admission. The Graduate School will provide the necessary information as to what is expected with the completed application. When the application is complete in all details, it will be sent to the department for action by the faculty in the program area. A number of the degree programs require a student to possess teacher licensure. Students should check for this in the specific degree program requirements.

Location of Instruction: Online and Off-campus. Cohorts are started periodically, and follow a part-time extended program format. For information on upcoming cohorts, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

This certificate leads to the North Carolina Level I Administrator License (012)

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate and Master's degrees from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School*; North Carolina "A" or "M" licensure or the equivalent from another state; three years of teaching experience**; writing sample; interview upon request.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the program faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the formula based upon: undergraduate GPA; assessment of writing sample; and assessment of three qualified references. Specific point values and minimum qualifying scores may be found on the program website. Meeting the minimum qualifying score does not guarantee admission, only consideration for unconditional admission.

*At least one of the letters must be from school administrators with whom the applicant has worked.

**Three years of public school teaching experience or equivalent experience in other settings (e.g., private school teaching; training in the private sector; leadership training in the military, etc.).

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (Code: 473A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 24
 
Required Courses

Leadership Practice and Theory:

  • LSA 5030: The Principalship (3)
  • LSA 5400: Developing and Managing Resources in Schools (3)
  • LSA 5600: School Law (3)

Theory and Philosophy:

  • LSA 5820: Theory and Development in Educational Organizations (3)

Research and Data-Informed Decision-Making:

  • RES 5070: School-Based Evaluation and School Improvement Planning (3)
  • RES 5080: Data-Driven School Leadership (3)

Application and Practice - Select one of the following in consultation with advisor:

  • LSA 5900: School Administration and Supervision Internship/ Practicum (3+3) (for pre-service students)
  • LSA 5910: Building-Level Action Research Leadership Evidences (3+3) (for in-service students)
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Note: A comprehensive examination is required to be eligible for principal licensure; see the program director for more information.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School*; official general GRE or MAT exam scores; North Carolina "A" or "M" licensure or the equivalent from another state; three years of teaching experience**; writing sample; interview upon request.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the program faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the formula based upon: scores on the GRE or MAT; undergraduate GPA; assessment of writing sample; and assessment of three qualified references. Specific point values and minimum qualifying scores may be found on the program website. Meeting the minimum qualifying score does not guarantee admission, only consideration for unconditional admission.

*At least one of the letters must be from school administrators with whom the applicant has worked.

**Three years of public school teaching experience or equivalent experience in other settings (e.g., private school teaching; training in the private sector; leadership training in the military, etc.).

 Course Requirements for the Master of School Administration (Code: 433A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • Leadership Practice and Theory:
    • LSA 5030: The Principalship (3)
    • LSA 5400: Developing and Managing Resources in Schools (3)
    • LSA 5600: School Law (3)
    • LSA 5650: Ethical and Humane Dimensions of Educational Leadership (3)
  • Theory and Philosophy:
    • LSA 5820: Theory and Development in Educational Organizations (3)
    • FDN 5840: Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
  • Research and Data-Informed Decision-Making:
    • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
    • RES 5070: School-Based Evaluation and School Improvement Planning (3)
    • RES 5080: Data-Driven School Leadership (3)
  • Application and Practice - Select one of the following in consultation with advisor:
    • LSA 5900: School Administration and Supervision Internship/ Practicum (3+3) (for pre-service students)
    • LSA 5910: Building-Level Action Research Leadership Evidences (3+3) (for in-service students)
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Electives
  • Select 3 s.h. from the following****; other elective options are possible with the recommendation of the graduate advisor/coordinator and the approval of the department chair
    • CI 5050: Supervision of Instruction (3)
    • CI 5055: Connecting Learners and Subject Matter (3)
    • CI 5060: Curriculum Planning (3)
    • CI 5230: Studies in Applied Instructional Strategies (3)
    • CI/LSA 5585: Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3)
    • FDN 5801: Education of the Culturally Diverse (3)
    • ITC 5220: Digital Technologies in Education (3)
    • LSA 5800: Critical Inquiry and Thought in Educational Leadership (3)
    • LSA 5850: Politics and Public Policy Analysis for Educational Leadership (3)
    • LSA 5999: Thesis (3-6)
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****Off-campus cohorts are limited in their selection of electives to those scheduled to be provided at the off-site location. For specific electives to be offered, please contact the program director.

Other Requirements for the MSA:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Required
  • Product of Learning: Not required

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE EDUCATION SPECIALIST IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

Educational Administration Ed.S. degree leads to NC superintendent licensure.

Admission Requirements: Master's degree from an accredited college or university or completion of an approved advanced principal licensure program; complete application to the Graduate School*; official general GRE or MAT exam scores; current principal licensure (NC licensure code 12 or its equivalent from another state); three years of teaching experience**; writing sample; interview upon request.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting the minimum qualifying score does not guarantee admission, only consideration for unconditional admission.

*At least one letter should be from a site-based school administrator or superintendent with whom the applicant has worked.

**Three years of public school teaching experience or equivalent experience in other settings (e.g., private school teaching; training in the private sector; leadership training in the military). Priority will be given to practicing principals and assistant/associate principals whose career goal is to be a superintendent and those with evidence of leadership activity in schools and/or related settings.

 Course Requirements for the Education Specialist in Educational Administration (Code: 428A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30
 
Required Courses
  • ITC 6550: Information Technology Systems in Education (3)
  • LSA 6020: Organization and Systems Theory for District Leaders (3)
  • LSA 6030: School District Leadership (3)
  • LSA 6080: District Leadership: Data-Informed Strategic Planning (3)
  • LSA 6190: Developing and Managing District Resources (3)
  • LSA 6250: School District Organizational Communications (3)
  • LSA 6400: Leading Change in Education (3)
  • LSA 6700: Policy Analysis in Educational Leadership (3)
  • Choose one of the following
    • LSA 6900: School Administration and Supervision Internship/Field Study (3+3) (for pre-service candidates) OR
    • LSA 6910: District-Level Action Research Leadership Evidences (3+3) (for in-service candidates)
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Other Requirements for the EdS in Educational Administration:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Prior to graduation, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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