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K-12 School Administrator Certification

The State of Michigan K-12 School Administrator Certification is a state-supported post-master’s professional development option for prospective and current educators who seek enhanced training in school and/or district leadership, management and instruction. This credential, reinstated by legislative approval in 2007, coincides with an ongoing process of Michigan state certification available through designated post-secondary institutions (including Eastern Michigan University) for the Basic (Initial) Certificate in K-12 Administration (school/assistant principal licensure).

The Basic Certificate in K-12 Administration may also be earned as part of the Master’s or Specialist’s Degree Program in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited University with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. International students must meet the following additional criteria; an official score report from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Batter (MELAB) must be sent by the testing service directly to the University. Student score reports, faxes or photocopies will not be considered official. Minimum scores for admission is 550 (Paper-based Test), or 79 (Internet-based Test ) for the TOEFL; 77 on MELAB; or 6.5 (or higher) on the IELTS. If the TOEFL is taken, the Test of Written English (TWE) is also required. A Conditional admission may be available to those students falling just below the minimum score requirements.
  4. Applicants must submit confidential appraisal forms from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the quality of the applicant’s professional work. Applicants may receive these forms from the department office or on the department website. Recommendation forms are due with the Application for Graduate Admissions form.
  5. Applicants must submit a résumé that details their professional and educational experiences.
  6. Applicants must submit the Graduate Application for Admission.
  7. On the graduate application, students must complete the personal statement of accomplishments and academic goals portion describing the reasons for requesting admission. This essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.

Admission Process:

 The admission process for the post-master’s certificate is as follows:

  1. The Office of Admissions will receive and gather all required documents. Completed applications that contain the required GPAs, confidential appraisal forms and the résumé will be forwarded to the coordinator of advising for the educational leadership program.
  2. Completed applications will be reviewed by the faculty review committee. Those applications that include acceptable GPAs, the résumé, recommendations, personal statements and confidential appraisal forms will be admitted, assigned an advisor and invited for an advising interview. Applications may be deemed “questionable” due to a combination of low GPA, fair or poor recommendations, poor writing ability and/or statements that are inconsistent with the student’s goals as an administrator. These “questionable” applications will be reviewed by the full faculty, giving special consideration to the student’s life experiences, verbal skills, writing skills, educational background, and GPAs.
  3. Applicants which are accepted will be notified following the admission decision.
  4. All decisions by the faculty regarding admissions are final.

For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit www.emich.edu/coe/lc.

Required Courses: 18 hours (minimum)

18 credit hours (minimum) of required EMU educational leadership courses (with an approved master’s degree) to be determined with the program advisor. The 2 credit hour Administrative Internship is required in addition to coursework, if the candidate has not served in an official capacity as a Principal or an Assistant Principal. Courses must have program advisor approval prior to the beginning of the program.

  • EDLD 509 - Educational Leadership in a Pluralistic Society 3 hrs
  • EDLD 513 - Community Education and Community Relations 3 hrs
  • EDLD 514 - Organization and Administration of K-12 Schools 3 hrs
  • EDLD 515 - Instructional Leadership 3 hrs
  • EDLD 517 - Leadership for School Improvement 3 hrs
  • EDLD 612 - Economics of Public Education 3 hrs
  • EDLD 617 - Administering Human Resources in Education 3 hrs
  • EDLD 620 - The Principalship 3 hrs
  • EDLD 630 - Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues of Administration 3 hrs
  • EDLD 687 - Master’s Internship in Educational Leadership 2 hrs

Certificate Total: 18 hours (minimum)

Additional Program Information:

Course Substitutions/Program Changes
Changes in the student’s official program and substitution of courses must be approved by the advisor prior to registration.

Courses Outside the Program
A suggested list of courses has been prepared by the EDLD Program. Other courses may be used for electives in this area if they are approved by the student’s advisor.

Internships
Information is available from the director of the intern program or at http://www.emich.edu/coe/lc . Internship placements should be arranged at least one semester in advance and must be approved by the internship director.

For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit www.emich.edu/coe/lc