The School of Administration Graduate Certificate (Add-on License)

Program Description

Course Sequence PDF

The Graduate Certificate program consists of 21 credit-hours of courses which include six credit-hours of a year-long internship under the direction of a principal-mentor and a university supervisor.  Additionally, program completers seeking a North Carolina principal level I license must successfully prepare an electronic portfolio housing appropriate artifacts and evidences demonstrating their proficiency in all seven standards for school executives.  This 21 credit-hour package of courses and internship effectively implements the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Standards for School Executives while also satisfying all other applicable directives/requirements.   

The Add-on licensure Program is a 21 credit-hours sequence for individuals who hold a master’s degree in an educational area from a regionally accredited institution and who also hold “M” level certification from the State of North Carolina.  Candidates who successfully complete the 21 hour sequence will be recommended for licensure area 012 Level I (Principal).  Candidates must also have three years of successful teaching experience or relevant school experience at the time of application.  At the completion of the sequence, the UNC Charlotte Graduate School will award a Graduate Certificate in School Administration.

Applications are accepted for summer and fall semesters. Application deadline is May 1.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate Program in School Administration go to on-line applications at:

*Program requirements are subject to change

Required Courses

ADMN6100    Fundamentals of Educational Leadership

ADMN 6105   Legal Aspects of Schooling

ADMN6110    School Leadership and Management

ADMN6120    Instructional Leadership

ADMN 6161   The Principalship

ADMN 6410   Internship and Seminar Part I

ADMN 6420   Internship and Seminar Part II

Course Descriptions

ADMN 6100. Fundamentals of Educational Leadership. (3) The developing role of educational organizations in the United States and the societal and cultural influences that affect the delivery of schooling. Structure and organization of American schools, administrative and organizational theory, legal, moral, and ethical dimensions of schooling within the context of restructuring and reform.

ADMN 6105. Legal Aspects of Schooling. (3) Education law for education professionals which focuses on the legal rights and responsibilities of students, teachers, and administrators and how these legal provisions affect educational policy and practice.

ADMN 6110. School Leadership and Management. (3) Examination of school leadership and administration, focusing on the role, tasks, and responsibilities that accompany school-based leadership.

ADMN 6120. Instructional Leadership. (3) Examination of research-based teaching/learning models and the relationship between instructional decisions and curriculum experiences. Dynamics of group development and problems/practices related to providing instructional assistance to teachers.

ADMN 6161. The Principalship. (3) Examination of school administration focusing on the role, task and responsibilities associated with the principalship with special attention to the conceptual, human and technical skills associated with the principal.

ADMN 6410. Internship and Seminar Part I. (3) Full-time, academic year internship in educational administration designed to allow theoretical and course-based practical learning to be translated and interwoven into a supervised field-based experience.

ADMN 6420. Internship and Seminar Part II. (3) A continuation of the internship experiences and seminar begun in ADMN 6410.

For more information contact:

Dr. Debra S. Morris
Lecturer; Co-Facilitator, Aspiring HS Principals Program
Department of Educational Leadership
College of Education, Office 233
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (980) 248-0392
Fax:  (704) 687-1629