Add-On Licensure

School Administration

Online 24 major credits * 12 months

Tuition As Low As


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Take Advantage of online courses - classes begin in August
Doctoral applicants holding National Board Certification are eligible for GRE/MAT waiver
Format and course schedule designed for working educators

Program Highlights & Benefits

Provides a foundation in the principles and procedures of educational administration

No state exam required for NC students, an electronic portfolio is submitted to NCDPI for licensure

Affordable tuition

Completion time includes holiday breaks

What You Learn

This program is 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.

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

Fully Online: A three-semester School Administration Add-On Licensure Program with an integrated curriculum will be offered. Semesters 1, 2, and 3 will consist of six integrated semester hours with one 2-hour internship each. 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.


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 on all graduate-level work. Students in this program must hold a current NC Professional Educators License or equivalent. A minimum of 3 years of NCDPI-recognized teaching experience is required by the time the student completes the program. Master’s degree in education is strongly recommended but not required.

Degree Requirements

First Semester
MELS 601
Executive Leadership in a 21st Century Change Environment
MELS 697
Executive Leadership Internship
Second Semester
MELS 603
Resource Management for 21st Century Executive Leaders n
MELS 697
Executive Leadership Internship
Third Semester
MELS 605
21st Century School Leadership
MELS 697
Executive Leadership Internship
 Total Credit Hours:24
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.