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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 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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Thursday December 9, 2021: 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 (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
  • The Graduate School has waived application fees for Fall 2022 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 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

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)
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 2020 Face-to-Face dates: August 22, September 26, October 24, November 14

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

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