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College of Education and Allied Professions

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.

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. 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 FULL-TIME (STARTING Fall 2019)

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 (STARTING FALL 2019)

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

MSA Full-time (starting fall 2018)

MSA Schedule (Starting Fall 2018)

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 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020

EDL 604* Leadership for Continuous School Improvement

EDL 721: * Current Topics in Public School Law   EDl 602: * Shaping School Culture EDL 612:
* Curriculum Leadership
EDL 601: Ethichal School Leadership EDL 617: History, Sociology & Philosophy   EDL 603: Instructional
Leadership
EDL 621: Leading
Adult Learning
EDRS 709: Assessment
for the Advancement
of Student Learning
EDRS 602:
Methods of research
  EDL 686:
Internship I
EDL 687: Internship II

MSA PART-TIME (STARTING FALL 2018)

MSA Part-time Schedule (Starting Fall 2018)

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 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020
EDL 604: * Leadership for
Continuous School
Improvement
EDL 721: * Current
Topics in Public
School Law
EDL 601: Ethical School
Leadership (also offered Fall 2018)
EDL 602: * Shaping
School Culture
EDL 612: * Curriculum
Leadership
EDL 601: Ethical
School Leadership (also
offered Summer 2019)
EDRS 602: Research
Methods
EDL 603: Instructional
Leadership (also offered Fall 2019)
 EDl 603: Instructional
Leadership (also
offered Summer 2019)
 EDL 621: Leading
Adult Learning

EDRS 709: Assessment
for the Advancement
of Student Learning

 

EDL 793: Leadership
for Social Justice
(5 TPP grant students)

EDL617:
History, sociology & philosophy
  EDL 686: Internship I EDL 687: Internship II

MSA FULL-time (starting Fall 2017)

MSA Principal Fellows and HB 1030 Schedule (Starting Fall 2017)

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 721: * Current
Topics in Public
School Law.
3 credits
  EDL 602: * Shaping
School Culture.
3 credits
EDL 612: * Curriculum
Leadership. 3 credits
EDL 601: Ethical School
Leadership. 3 Credis
EDL 617: History,
Sociology &
Philosophy. 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
EDRS 602: Research
Methods. 3 credits
  EDL 686: Internship I
3 credits
EDL 687: Internship II
3 credits

MSA PART-time (starting Fall 2017)

MSA Schedule (Starting Fall 2017)

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 721: * Current
Topics in Public
School Law.
3 credits
  EDL 602: * Shaping
School Culture.
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
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