School Administration, Post-Master's Certificate

21 Credit Hours
Admits: Summer
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Program Tabs


UNC Charlotte offers an add-on licensure post-master’s graduate certificate in School Administration that serves Mecklenburg and the counties surrounding the Charlotte-metropolitan area.  The 21-credit-hour Post-Master’s certificate is designed for students seeking to “add-on” the Certificate in School Administration to a previous master’s degree. This add-on licensure program is for individuals who hold a master’s degree in an educational area from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor and who also hold “M” level certification from the State of North Carolina. Candidates who successfully complete the 21 hour sequence will be recommended for licensure area 012 Level I (Principal). Classes are held off-campus in cohort-style classes.

The program is offered in a blended format. Students will meet at off-campus instructional sites as well as online. 

Off-campus cohort instructional sites:

  • Cabarrus County: Kannapolis City Schools, A.L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, NC
  • Cabarrus County: Jay M Robinson High School, Concord, NC
  • Gaston County: Gaston College, Dallas, NC
  • Iredell County: Unity Center, Statesville, NC
  • Mecklenburg County: Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte, NC
  • Rowan County: Jesse C. Carson High School, China Grove, NC
  • Union County: Porter Ridge High School, Indian Trail, NC

To read more about what you can expect to complete in the Post Master’s Certificate in School Administration, visit the departmental website.


Application Deadline: 

  • June 15 (summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements:

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A Master’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • All previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.2 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • Submit a 1-2 page personal statement that addresses professional experiences, future goals, and an understanding that school administrators must possess a comprehensive conceptual, pedagogical, and reflective knowledge base.
  • Three recommendations from current or past supervisors (must include principal) that document leadership and administrative experiences and potential for success as a site-based school administrator. Applicants will provide reference contact names and email addresses through the application portal.
  • Submit a complete résumé.
  • Submit a valid NC educator license or equivalent.
  • Have three years of successful teaching experience or other professional education experience.
  • Students who apply will also need to participate in an interview to determine knowledge of relevant education issues.

Students seeking to “add-on” the Certificate in School Administration to a previous master’s degree must complete 21 credit hours, of which a portion is a supervised year-long internship under the direction of a principal-mentor and a university supervisor.

The School Administration program encompasses a combination of courses in educational leadership, research, technology, curriculum, and instruction. All students must complete the required academic year-long internship under the direction of a principal-mentor and a University supervisor. The internship challenges students to demonstrate a thorough and well-integrated understanding of the basic principles, research findings, and theories covered in their coursework and apply these to educational practice and leadership situations. 

  • ADMN 6100: Fundamentals of Educational Leadership
  • ADMN 6105: Legal Aspects of Schooling
  • ADMN 6161: The Principalship
  • ADMN 6120: Instructional Leadership
  • ADMN 6110: School Leadership & Management
  • ADMN 6410: Internship & Seminar Part I
  • ADMN 6420: Internship & Seminar Part II

*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $6,065.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • Not Applicable


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $23,062.00 est. program cost