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North Carolina School Executive Leadership Program

  

Master's in School Administration

WCU's Master of School Administration (MSA) is a hybrid program in partnership with WRESA (Western Region Education Service Alliance) and 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.

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Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: May 15

  • Official transcript with Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three years of successful full-time teaching (or in a related, certified position within a school)
  • 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 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

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 15 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. For Fall 2020, the face-to-face dates are Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, and Nov. 14. 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 2020)

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; no summers)
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 2020 Face-to-Face dates: August 22, September 26, October 24, November 14
Spring 2021 Face-to-Face dates: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24

 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
EDL 602*: Shaping School Culture EDL 793*: Leadership for Social Justice   EDL 721*: Current Topics in Public School Law  EDL 612*: Curriculum Leadership /Special Topics
EDL 601: Ethical School Leadership EDL 617: History, Sociology & Philosophy of Education (also offered Summer 2021)   EDL 603: Instructional Leadership EDL 621: Leading Adult Learning (also offered Summer 2021)
EDRS 709: Assessment for the Advancement of Student Learning EDRS 602: Research Methods   EDL 686: Internship I EDL 687: Internship II

MSA Part-time Schedule (Starting Fall 2020)

5 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 2020 face-to-face dates: August 22, September 26, October 24, November 14
Spring 2021 face-to-face dates: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24
Some summer course options provided


 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
EDL 602*: Shaping School Culture EDL 793*: Leadership for  Social Justice EDL 617: History, Sociolgy & Philosophy of Education (also offered Spring 2021) EDL 721*: Current topics in Public School Law EDL 612: * Curriculum
Leadership/Special Topics
EDL 601: Ethical
School Leadership
  EDL 621: Leading Adult Learning (also offered Spring 2022) EDL 603: Instructional Leadership  

EDRS 709: Assessment
for the Advancement
of Student Learning

EDRS 602: Research Methods   EDL 686 Internship I EDL 687: Internship II

MSA Schedule (Starting Fall 2019)

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; no summers)
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 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
EDL 602*: Shaping School Culture EDL 793*: Leading Social Justice   EDL 721*: School Law  EDL 612*: Curriculum Leadership
EDL 601: Ethical School Leadership EDL 617: History, Sociology & Philosophy of Education   EDL 603: Instructional Leadership EDL 621: Leading Adult Learning
EDRS 709: Assessment for the Advancement of Student Learning EDRS 602: Research Methods   EDL 686: Internship I EDL 687: Internship II

MSA Part-time Schedule (Starting Fall 2019)

5 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).
Some summer course options provided


 Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
EDL 602*: Shaping School Culture EDL 793*: Leading Social Justice EDL 617: History, Sociolgy & Philosophy of Education (also offered Spring 2020) EDL 721*: School Law EDL 612: * Curriculum
Leadership
EDL 601: Ethical
School Leadership
  EDL 621: Leading Adult Learning (also offered Spring 2021) EDL 603: Instructional Leadership  

EDRS 709: Assessment
for the Advancement
of Student Learning

EDRS 602: Research Methods   EDL 686 Internship I EDL 687: Internship II

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