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North Carolina School Executive Leadership Program

 

  

Program Overview

Location: Asheville & Online Hybrid

App Deadline: May 1

Pre-Requisites: GRE Not Required

Time to Complete: 36 Hours, 24 Months

Principal Licensure Or Leadership Prep

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Master's in School Administration

WCU's MSA is a 36-semester hour cohort model program, designed for full-time educators with families and community responsibilities. As a distance-hybrid program, we are one of the most affordable pathways to principal licensure in NC. Our goal is to develop equity-centered leaders who can use Improvement Science to address problems for positive, sustainable change in schools and school systems. See our MSA Fact Sheet for additional information. Tuition information may be found at tuition.wcu.edu | distance learning tuition and fees.

NC Principal Fellows Program

WCU’s Principal Fellows Program (PFP) is a 39-semester- hour program aligned with our MSA. However, Principal Fellows are “tapped” as aspiring leaders by their school districts. The NC Principal Fellows Program is a competitive, merit‐based scholarship loan program funded by the North Carolina General Assembly. Students do not self-select for the PFP program; they need to be nominated by their districts. Talk with your principal and superintendent to discuss being nominated for our next cohort. See our Principal Fellows Fact Sheet for additional information.

 


Virtual Open House

Tuesday, October 11 2022: 5-6pm

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Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: May 1

  • Official transcript with Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three years of successful full-time teaching
  • Hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A teaching license or a comparable license from another state
  • Currently teaching in a NC school
  • Three online recommendations including one from your current administrator
  • Completed district verification form noting years of school level experience
  • Current resume highlighting leadership experience
  • Short- and long-term leadership goals (in application system)
  • Candidate Evaluation Rubric to be completed by applicant's principal or district leader
  • The Graduate School has waived application fees for Fall 2023 applicants.

About the Program

This degree is earned through the completion of a four-semester graduate program with students taking twelve, three-credit courses, for a total of 36 credit-hours. Our cohort model is designed to build a strong network of professionals. The application deadline is May 1 for students being admitted each fall.

This hybrid program courses are primarily online with the exception of four face-to-face Saturdays per semester at WCU's Biltmore Park Instructional Site in Asheville. The remaining eight courses will be provided fully online. The schedule of classes will accommodate working students, including those who work full-time. See the table below for the program schedule.

All students are required to complete a competency-based internship over the course of two semesters providing authentic leadership experiences.

 

Program Schedule

MSA Schedule (Starting Fall 2022)
Full-time Principal Fellows and full-time released internship in year 2
Students must be enrolled a minimum of 9 credit hours in each semester of the academic year
4 semesters, 36 credit hours total. All courses are 3 credits.
* Indicates that this is a hybrid course, requiring face-to-face attendance for 4, 6-hour, Saturday sessions (9:00-4:00)
Fall 2022 Face-to-Face dates: August 27, October 1, October 29, December 3
Spring 2023 Face-to-Face dates: January 21,  Feb. 18, March 18, April 22

Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024

EDL 602*: Shaping School Culture

EDL 601: Ethical School Leadership

EDRS 709: Assessment for the Advancement of Student Learning

 

EDL 642*: Leadership for Social Justice

EDL 617: History, Sociology and Philosophy of Education

EDRS 602: Research Methods

EDL 721*: Current Topics in Public School Law

EDL 603: Instructional Leadership

EDL 686: Internship I

EDL 612*: Curriculum Leadership/ Special Topics

EDL 621: Leading Adult Learning

EDL 687: Internship II

MSA Schedule (Starting Fall 2021)
Full-time Principal Fellows and full-time released internship in year 2
Students must be enrolled a minimum of 9 credit hours in each semester of the academic year)
4 semesters, 36 credit hours total. All courses are 3 credits. Summer courses may be available. 
* Indicates that this is a hybrid course, requiring face-to-face attendance for 4, 6-hour, Saturday sessions (9:00-4:00)
Fall 2021 Face-to-Face dates: August 28, September 25, October 30, December 4

Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023

EDL 602* Shaping School Culture

EDL 601: Ethical School Leadership

EDRS 709: Assessment for the Advancement of Student Learning

EDL 793*: Leadership for Social Justice

EDL 617: History, Sociology & Philosophy of Education

EDRS 602: Research Methods

 

EDL 721*: Current Topics in Public School Law

EDL 603: Instructional Leadership

EDL 686: Internship I

EDL 612*: Curriculum Leadership /Special Topics

EDL 621: Leading Adult Learning

EDL 687: Internship II

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