Specialist Certificate in Administrative Leadership
A master's degree is the minimum prerequisite for admission to the Specialist Certificate. The Certificate can be taken with a career emphasis in the superintendency, the principalship, supervision, central office administration, or adult education administration. A cooperative relationship for the Specialist Certificate exists with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for students with a reading supervision emphasis.
Applicants must meet these departmental requirements:
- Completion of a master's degree with a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above (4.0 scale). The master's degree may be in any field.
- Written statement of professional objectives and educational experience.
- Applicants not meeting the grade point minimum may be admitted upon submission of additional data to be specified by the Department chair.
Course of Study
Credit and course requirements depend upon the applicant's degree field. For an applicant with a master's degree in educational administration, the minimum credit requirement is 21 graduate credits, normally distributed as follows: 18 credits in administrative leadership, and 3 credits in a field-based practicum. As a capstone requirement, students must develop and submit a comprehensive portfolio which includes an action research project for review by faculty. The student must pass both the written part of the portfolio and the oral portfolio defense. Additional coursework may be required for administrative certification.