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Post-Master's Certificate

 

   

Program Overview

Location: Asheville & Online Hybrid

App Deadline: May 15

Pre-Requisites: Edu Related Grad Degree

Time to Complete: 24 Hours, 17 Months

Principle Licensure Or Leadership Prep

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Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: May 15

  • Hold a Master’s degree in an education-related field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Official transcripts with Master’s degree conferred & 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 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

Students seeking principal licensure who already have earned a master’s degree will need to apply for a Post-Masters Certificate toward principal licensure.

This certificate is earned through the completion of a four-semester graduate program. Students will take eight, three-credit courses, for a total of 24 credit hours. This graduate program utilizes a hybrid (face-to-face and online) course delivery model. Three hybrid courses will require face-to-face attendance at Western Regional Education Service Alliance sponsored trainings in addition to online work. 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. For Fall 2020, those face-to-face dates are Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, and Nov. 14, 2020. The remaining five courses will be provided fully online. The schedule of classes will accommodate working students, including those who work full-time. The table below lays out the prescribed program plan for each cohort of students.

All students are required to complete an internship. Internships are competency-based and involve many aspects of a principal's responsibilities, including leadership of an improvement initiative.

Program Schedule

3 semesters, 24 credit hours total. All courses are 3 credits.
* Denotes F2F classes. Due to COVID, students should plan to attend virtually or in person on the specified dates for hybrid courses. We will notify students of changes as decisions are made, but mark your calendars.
Biltmore Park face-to-face dates (9:00-4:00)
Fall 2021 Face-to-Face Dates: August 28, September 25, October 30, December 4
(Some summer course options may be provided)

Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022
EDL 702*: Shaping School Culture EDL 793: * Leadership for Social Justice   EDL 721*: Current Topics in Public School Law
EDL 701: Ethical School Leadership

    EDL 703: Instructional  Leadership
EDRS 709: Assessment for the Advancement of Student Learning EDL 786: Internship I   EDL 787: Internship II

3 semesters, 24 credit hours total. All courses are 3 credits.
* Denotes F2F classes. Due to COVID, students should plan to attend virtually or in person on the specified dates for hybrid courses. We will notify students of changes as decisions are made, but mark your calendars.
Biltmore Park face-to-face dates (9:00-4:00)
Fall 2020 Face-to-Face Dates: August 22; September 26; October 24; November 14
(Some summer course options provided)

Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
EDL 702*: Shaping School Culture EDL 793: * Leadership for Social Justice   EDL 721*: Current Topics in Public School Law
EDL 701: Ethical School Leadership

    EDL 703: Instructional  Leadership
EDRS 709: Assessment for the Advancement of Student Learning EDL 786: Internship I   EDL 787: Internship II

3 semesters, 24 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
EDL 702: Shaping School Culture EDL 793: * Leading Social Justice   EDL 721*: School Law
EDL 701: Ethical School Leadership

    EDL 703: Instructional  Leadership
EDRS 709*: Assessment for the Advancement of Student Learning EDL 686: Internship I   EDL 687: Internship II

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