College of Education and Allied Professions

Master's in School Administration

WCU's Master of School Administration (MSA) prepares working teachers and specialists in other education-related fields for work in leadership roles. It provides a pathway to principal licensure to students who do not yet hold a master's degree.

aDMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Three online recommendations including one from your current administrator
  • Completed  district verification formnoting years of school level experience
  • MSA/PMC/NCSELP Initiative Candidate Evaluation Rubric to be completed by applicant's principal or district leader

This degree is earned through the completion of a five-semester graduate program with students taking twelve, three-credit courses, for a total of 36 credit-hours. This graduate program utilizes a hybrid (face-to-face and on-line) course delivery model. Four hybrid courses will require face-to-face attendance at trainings sponsored by the Western Regional Education Service Alliance in addition to on-line work. The remaining eight courses will be provided fully on-line. Each course integrating face-to-face trainings will require students to attend four full days of instruction at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville, NC. 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 that involves aspects of a principal's responsibilities, including leadership of an improvement initiative.

MSA Schedule

5 semesters, 36 credit hours total
* Indicates that this is a hybrid course, requiring face-to-face attendance for 4, 6-hour, full day sessions

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
EDL 604: * Leadership for
Continuous School
Improvement. 3 credits
EDL 602: * Shaping
School Culture.
3 credits
  EDL 721: * Current
Topics in Public
School Law.
3 credits
EDL 612: * Curriculum
Leadership. 3 credits
EDL 601: Ethical School
Leadership. 3 Credis
EDRS 602: Research
Methods. 3 credits
EDL 621: Leading
Adult Learning
3 credits
EDL 603: Instructional
Leadership. 3 credits
 
EDRS 709: Assessment
for the Advancement
of Student Learning.
3 credits
  EDL 617: History,
Sociology &
Philosophy. 3 credits
EDL 686: Internship I
3 credits
EDL 687: Internship II
3 credits

MSA Principal Fellows and HB 1030 Schedule

4 semesters, 36 credit hours total
* Indicates that this is a hybrid course, requiring face-to-face attendance for 4, 6-hour, full day sessions

 Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
EDL 604: * Leadership for
Continuous School
Improvement. 3 credits
EDL 602: * Shaping
School Culture.
3 credits
  EDL 721: * Current
Topics in Public
School Law.
3 credits
EDL 612: * Curriculum
Leadership. 3 credits
EDL 601: Ethical School
Leadership. 3 Credis
EDRS 602: Research
Methods. 3 credits
  EDL 603: Instructional
Leadership. 3 credits
 EDL 621: Leading
Adult Learning
3 creditsf
EDRS 709: Assessment
for the Advancement
of Student Learning.
3 credits
EDL 617: History,
Sociology &
Philosophy. 3 credits
  EDL 686: Internship I
3 credits
EDL 687: Internship II
3 credits
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