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, coincides with an ongoing process of Michigan state certification available through 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 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, along with the Basic (Initial) Certificate in K-12 Administration (principal/assistant principal licensure).
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.
Applicants must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited University with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
Foreign students must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 (total) or the Michigan English Language Ability Battery (MELAB) of 77.
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. Recommendation forms are due with the Application for Graduate Admissions form.
Applicants must present evidence of a valid teaching certificate or sign a waiver indicating that they do not seek teacher certification.
Applicants must submit a résumé that details their professional and educational experiences.
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.
The admission process for the post-master’s certificate is as follows:
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.
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 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.
Applicants which are accepted will be notified following the admission decision.
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.
Jaclynn Tracy, Ph.D.
Minimum 21 credit hours compiled from the following list. Courses must have the approval of the program advisor prior to the beginning of the program.