K-12 Administration

Graduates of the K-12 Administration Program are prepared for careers as K-12 building and/or district level leadership roles. Students completing the K-12 master’s or K-12 certificate (previous master’s required) will be qualified for a Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Building Level Certification. Those completing a specialist or doctoral degree will be qualified for an MDE district level administrator endorsement.

Online, Weekend and Evening Classes

Both the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Online and Post-Master's Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration Online are arranged for working professionals with classes in the evenings, on weekends and online. Both can be completed online.

Career Opportunities

Our mission is to provide a practice-based experience for students while providing quality learning with a faculty, many of whom have been practicing administrators, who are engaged in teaching, research and service. Career opportunities in public/private K-12 leadership include:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Superintendent
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Curriculum director
  • Dean of students
  • Student activities director
  • Community education director
  • Educational leadership consultant

The program includes an internship experience at the appropriate administrative level in southeastern Michigan, although not limited to Michigan.

Accreditation

The Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as well as being approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for administrative certification and central office endorsement.

  • Admissions

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    Admission Requirements

    Educational Leadership (EDLD) [Ph.D.]

    EMU’s doctorate in educational leadership is designed to develop leaders with knowledge, skills and attitudes for helping to build learning communities within a culturally diverse society. Practicing administrators will find the program designed to support the application of educational leadership theory to meet the challenges of practice in a changing environment; the emphasis is on applied research with immediate application; and the focus on gaining insight and skills for initiating improvement within educational organizations. Courses are available on campus, off campus and in compressed weekend formats.

    Career Opportunities

    Designed for a master’s or specialist degree holder, EMU’s doctoral program provides collaboration through a student cohort experience and research leading to improved leadership practice in K-12 programs, higher education institutions and/or other education-related settings. The EMU College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education for the preparation of educational personnel.

    To view admission criteria, visit the Educational Leadership (EDLD) [Ph.D.] page in the EMU catalog.

    Educational Leadership (EDL) [Sp.A.]

    EMU’s Specialist of Arts in Educational Leadership is a post-master’s program for prospective and practicing educational leaders. The program may either provide advanced administration preparation for P-12 schools and institutions of higher education and/or the course work required by the State of Michigan for the central office endorsement.

    Additional course work is required should a student wish to qualify for the building level administration certificate.

    The majority of the concentration and cognate courses are conveniently available weeknights and weekends in hybrid, face-to-face, and online formats on campus and in select off campus locations.

    To view admission criteria, visit the Educational Leadership (EDL) [Sp.A.] page in the EMU catalog.

    Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration (K12A) [M.A.]

    EMU’s Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is designed for professional educators who are seeking the skills and knowledge to become effective educational leaders. Four major content areas make up the educational leadership curriculum: leadership, research, professionalism, and management competency/proficiency. Further development in the areas of human relations, diversity, and technology are emphasized. This is a state-approved program for the building level principal license in the State of Michigan. It also has reciprocity with other states. Graduates of the educational leadership program continue to work as professional educators in leadership and administrative positions in K-12 education. This program is fully online.

    The EMU College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education for the preparation of educational personnel.

    To view admission criteria, visit the Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration (K12A) [M.A.] page in the EMU catalog.

    K-12 Basic School Administration (BSA) [Post-Master’s 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 January 2007, coincides with an ongoing process of Michigan state certification available through designated postsecondary 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 EMU. This program is fully online.

    To view admission criteria, visit the K-12 Basic School Administration (BSA) [Post-Master’s Certificate] page in the EMU catalog.

    Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement (COA) [Post-Master’s Certificate]

    The State of Michigan Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement Certification is a state-supported postmaster’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 postsecondary institutions (including Eastern Michigan University). The Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement typically requires the successful completion of the basic (initial) school principal certificate.

    The Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement Certificate may also be earned as part of the Specialist or Doctoral Degree Program in Educational Leadership at EMU.

    To view admission criteria, visit the Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement (COA) [Post-Master’s Certificate] page in the EMU catalog.

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  • Internships

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    Below is all the information you need to begin your K-12 internship. Here are a few reminders regarding your internship:

    • The internship should be complete at the end of your program.
    • The internship experience should be outside your normal job description.
    • You should begin planning your internship one semester prior to the semester you plan to begin your internship.

    In order to be authorized to register for an internship, the following items must be submitted to and approved by the internship director:

    1. Resume
    2. Self-Assessment
    3. Program of Study
    4. Internship Application
    5. Internship Plan

    Questions? Contact Ron Flowers.