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Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate

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 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, résumé, recommendations, and personal statements 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.

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Department Information:

Leadership & Counseling - College of Education

Ron Flowers
Department Head

304 Porter Building
(734) 487-0255

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Jaclynn Tracy, Ph.D.

304 Porter Building
(734) 487-0255

Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate

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)