School Administration Add-On Licensure

For:

Current teachers or administrators who have already earned a master's degree and who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in educational leadership while working towards North Carolina state licensure as a School Administrator.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Provides a foundation in the principles and procedures of educational administration 
  • No state exam required, an electronic portfolio is submitted to NCDPI for licensure
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Summer and holiday breaks

What You Learn:

The School Administration Add-On Licensure Program focuses on preparing experienced teachers to serve as educational leaders; it is designed to relate to the needs of educators in both theory and practice. The program is designed to meet the following program goals for prospective school administrators:

  1. provide a foundation in the principles and procedures of educational administration, curriculum development, and instructional improvement;
  2. promote the development of the ability to implement and evaluate models of instruction and methods of supervision in the classroom and other school settings;
  3. foster the development of the ability to evaluate classroom teachers within an academic environment;
  4. develop the capacity to interpret and implement educational research in the total school program; and
  5. provide preparation for service as instructional and educational leaders.

How You Learn:

A five-semester School Administration Add-On Licensure Program with an integrated curriculum will be offered. Semesters 1, 3, and 5 will consist of six integrated semester hours with one 2-hour internship each. During semesters 2 and 4, you will be registered for a 0 credit/0 charge course during which you receive academic support as you continue to develop your portfolio.

Face to Face: In face-to-face classes, coursework will be delivered primarily in a face-to-face format and augmented by online activities designed by the instructor for assessment, enrichment and collaboration. You will meet one night per week face-to-face from 4:45 until 8:45 p.m. in the Fall/Spring semesters, and one night per week face-to-face from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Summer term. Online activities may include but are not limited to the following: interactive webinars through WebEx, recorded webinars, discussion threads, collaborative assignments, and assessments. Blackboard is the portal used to deliver course material to students and serves as the platform for organizing class activities electronically. Students will be asked to demonstrate their competency with Blackboard by taking an introductory course on Blackboard. The electronic portfolio, a requirement for your degree and for a North Carolina license, will be created and stored online in a product called TaskStream.

Fully Online: You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. While there are no face-to-face meetings, some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. While your classes will operate in Blackboard, your final project will be stored as an electronic portfolio using another product called TaskStream. The electronic portfolio is required for North Carolina licensure. Upon full acceptance to the online program you will be required to complete online certification to verify your proficiency in an online environment.

Prerequisites:

Students in the School Administration Add-On Licensure Program must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.50 grade point average. Students in this program must hold a current NC Professional Educators License. A minimum of 3 years of NCDPI-recognized teaching experience is required by the time the student completes the program.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
First Semester
MELS 601
Executive Leadership in a 21st Century Change Environment
6
MELS 697
Executive Leadership Internship
2
Second Semester
MELS 698*
Cohort Continuation
0
Third Semester
MELS 603
Resource Management for 21st Century Executive Leaders
6
MELS 697
Executive Leadership Internship
2
Fourth Semester
MELS 698*
Cohort Continuation
0
Fifth Semester
MELS 605
21st Century School Leadership
6
MELS 697
Executive Leadership Internship
2
  Total Credit Hours: 24
*During the second and fourth semesters, financial aid is not available since there is no tuition charge.