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Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement

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 January 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 Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement typically requires the successful completion of the basic (initial) school principal certificate.

The Basic Certificate in K-12 Administration may also be earned as part of the Master’s and/or Specialist’s Degree Program or as a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. The district level leadership endorsement may be earned as part of the Specialist Degree Program in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University or as a Post-Master’s Certificate also.

The Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement Certificate requires 21 hours (minimum) of EMU Educational Leadership Specialist program courses (with an approved master’s degree) to be determined with the program advisor. Theses courses must meet the requirements of EMU’s state approved program.


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, and assigned an advisor. 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 GPA’s.
  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
(734) 487-0255

Post-Master's Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement Certificate

Required Courses:

21 credit hours (minimum) of required EMU educational leadership specialist program courses (with an approved master’s degree) typically along with the basic (Initial) certificate in K-12 administration (principal/assistant principal licensure) 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 Central Office capacity. Courses must have the approval of the program advisor prior to the beginning of the program.

  • EDLD 609 - Team Building and Consensus Decision-Making of Educational Leadership 3 hrs
  • EDLD 615 - Collective Negotiations in Education 3 hrs
  • EDLD 616 - Educational Facilities Planning 3 hrs
  • EDLD 617 - Administering Human Resources in Education 3 hrs
  • EDLD 625 - The Superintendency and District Level Leadership 3 hrs
  • EDLD 631 - Human Relations Skills for Educational Leaders 3 hrs
  • EDLD 660 - Grantwriting 2 hrs
  • EDLD 710 - Leadership Theory 3 hrs
  • EDLD 714 - Data-Driven Decision Management for Educational Leaders 3 hrs
  • EDLD 740 - Advanced Organizational Theory 3 hrs
  • EDLD 787 - Internship in Educational Administration 2 hrs
  • EDLD 788 - Internship in Educational Administration 3 hrs
  • EDLD 789 - Internship in Educational Administration 4 hrs
  • select 800-level EDLD doctoral courses