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

Application Deadline: June 15th

  • 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
  • Resume
  • Short and long-term leadership goals
  • * Note: For planning purposes, face-to-face classes are at Biltmore Park the following Saturdays during Fall 2018.
    August 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 (EDL 604/704), and Dec. 1 (EDL 602/702).

About the Program

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.

Program Schedule

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: Ethical
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:
Research Methods
  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

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 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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