School Administration, Post-Master's Certificate

21 Credit Hours
Admits: Summer
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Discover the path to educational leadership with UNC Charlotte's distinguished Post-Master's Certificate in School Administration, catering specifically to professionals in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties of the vibrant Charlotte-metropolitan area. This 21-credit-hour graduate certificate is meticulously crafted for individuals aspiring to enhance their educational credentials with a School Administration Certificate, building upon a previously earned master’s degree.

Our add-on licensure program stands as a beacon for those who possess a master's degree in an education-related field from an institution recognized by the US Department of Education and hold a current “M” level certification from the State of North Carolina. Upon the completion of this engaging 21-hour coursework, candidates emerge fully prepared, with UNC Charlotte advocating for their licensure in area 012 Level I (Principal), marking a significant milestone in their journey toward leadership within the educational sector.

Flexible Learning for Busy Professionals: Understanding the demands on today's educational professionals, UNC Charlotte's program is designed for flexibility, offering a blended learning format that combines the benefits of face-to-face cohort-style classes held at convenient off-campus locations, with the flexibility of online coursework. This blend ensures that students can balance their professional commitments while pursuing advancement in educational leadership.

Program Highlights:

  • Targeted to Educators in Charlotte-Metropolitan and Surrounding Counties: Tailored to meet the needs of the local educational community.
  • Designed for Advanced Professionals: Ideal for those with a master's degree in education and "M" level certification.
  • Blended Learning Format: A mix of off-campus, cohort-style classes and online sessions to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pathway to Leadership: Completion leads to a recommendation for Level I Principal licensure.

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

Embark on your journey to leadership within the educational landscape with UNC Charlotte's Post-Master's Certificate in School Administration. To read more about what you can expect to complete in the Post Master’s Certificate in School Administration, visit the departmental website.

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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

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • Not Applicable


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

Find more information regarding tuition and fees here ».