Online Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration
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, educational administrators who take charge of diverse communities of educators and students and orchestrate their efforts toward a common goal. Successful leadership at the PK-12 building level requires not only commitment to the potential of every student, but expertise in educational law, pedagogical theory, and human resources management as well.
If you already possess 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* is perfect for you.
Prepare for licensure by earning a comprehensive educational leadership certificate online.
Taught by the same experienced faculty who lead our online master’s in educational administration program, this online educational leadership certificate program covers key areas of educational policy, management strategy, and socioeconomic forces that inform effective building-level leadership in elementary and secondary schools. The program concludes with a culminating internship in which you will work with a university advisor and field advisor to build the real-world experience necessary to successfully transition to a role in building leadership.
The KU School of Education and Human Sciences is proud to add the online post-master’s graduate certificate in educational administration to our record of innovation in online education. While completing your coursework in this program, you will utilize Jayhawkville, our virtual community which 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 and 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.
- 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 to be completed during the final 8-week term
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—providing a broad overview of 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.
Graduates of the online post-master’s graduate certificate in educational administration program are prepared to advance into administrative roles upon successful completion of licensure requirements. While most graduates intend to advance to principal roles, their career paths may also include positions as department heads, assistant principals, athletic directors, or as leaders in non-administrative roles such as superintendents, school board presidents, or district directors.
*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.
Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration
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 class, ELPS 750, students will have access to the ELPS Internship Gateway course to start preparing and gaining experiences to complete the internship, ELPS 895.