Online post-master’s in educational administration certificate
Educational leadership comes in many forms—from the teachers who shape the lives of students on a day-to-day basis, to the policymakers who set strategy and develop curricula at the local, state, and federal levels. Between these two levels are principals and , educational administrators who take charge of diverse communities of educators and students and direct their efforts toward a common goal. Successful leadership at the PK-12 building level not only requires not only commitment to the potential of every student, but also expertise in educational law, pedagogical theory, and human resources management.
If you already have a master’s degree in education and would like to add the Building Leadership and Administration Endorsement to your Kansas state teaching license (or sit for a building leadership licensure exam in another state), the online post-master’s graduate certificate in educational administration* from the KU School of Education and Human Sciences is perfect for you.
What is an educational leadership certificate?
Introducing Jayhawkville: Your virtual school district
While completing your coursework in this program, you will utilize Jayhawkville, our virtual community that allows you to work through challenging educational administration scenarios thoughtfully, in a risk-free setting. You will engage with more than 30 simulated schools situated in rural, suburban, and urban communities, made up of student and educator populations spanning diverse demographic groups. This unique platform helps you prepare to navigate any challenge you may face in an administrative role, regardless of where your career as an educator takes you.
The Jayhawkville school district is very impressive. It was amazing to see how realistic the environment is: the problems posed; the issues the different schools face; the school districts; the economics. It honestly reminds me a lot of the district I'm in now.
Graduate certificate in educational administration
- 8 courses, 8 weeks per course, 24 credit hours
- Complete in as few as 12 to 16 months
- Taught by experienced, renowned faculty
- Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
- No GRE required for admission
- Experience the challenges of over 30 diverse schools and their case study-based curricula in the innovative simulated community of Jayhawkville
- Required internship course, ELPS 895, needs to be completed during the final 16 week A and B terms
What you'll learn
You'll explore various administrative roles; learn about education law; examine the national context for education in the U.S.; and focus on how to develop, support, and manage staff members—everything you'll need to successfully lead a school in any community or district. You will also complete an internship and related portfolio project as a culminating exercise, demonstrating your ability to apply course content hands-on in a building leadership role.
For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.
What can I do with an educational administration certificate?
Graduates of the online post-master’s educational administration certificate program are prepared to advance into administrative roles upon successful completion of licensure requirements. While most graduates plan to advance into principal roles, their career paths may also include other positions such as:
- Department head
- Assistant principal
- Athletic director
- School board president
- District director
Courses for the online post-master’s graduate certificate in educational administration are designed to fulfill Kansas state standards and prepare students for the building-level certification examination Kansas and other states require for licensure. These are integrated courses that combine theory with practice and feature hands-on case study experiences. All courses listed are worth 3 credits.
Please note: Course list and sequence are subject to change. The online post-master’s graduate certificate in educational administration offers two start terms: Spring and Fall.
ELPS 750 - Principalship
ELPS 752 - Education Law
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ELPS 755 - Human Resources Management
ELPS 854 - Students in Society
ELPS 852 - School Resources Management
ELPS 853 - Staff Evaluation and Development
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SPED 756 - Special Education Leadership
ELPS 895 - Internship
Note: After the first two classes, students will have access to the ELPS Internship Gateway course to start preparing and gaining experiences to complete the internship, ELPS 895.
Content & resources
*This online academic program fulfills Kansas state standards for the Building Leadership and Administration licensure endorsement and helps prepare students for the building-level certification examinations other states require for licensure, but it does not fulfill the requirements needed to complete a master's degree.
The online post-master’s graduate certificate in educational administration program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. The website https://nc-sara.org/professional-licensure-directory provides resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas.
Note: In order to enroll in this program, a bachelor's degree, a master’s degree in an education-related field, and a current teaching license with 3 to 5 years of experience in schools are required. No program can guarantee building-level leadership licensure for every state, so it is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.