School Administration – Graduate Degree & Post Master's Certificate

Degrees Offered: Master of School Administration (M.S.A.)
Certificate Offered: Post Master's Certificate toward Principal Licensure (add on)

Departmental Website: Education Leadership Program

Master of School Administration

Program Description:  WCU's Master of School Administration (MSA) prepares working teachers and specialists in other education-related fields for work in leadership roles. It provides a pathway to principal licensure to students who do not yet hold a master's degree.

This degree is earned through the completion of a five-semester graduate program with students taking twelve, three-credit courses, for a total of 36 credit-hours. This graduate program utilizes a hybrid (face-to-face and on-line) course delivery model. Four hybrid courses will require face-to-face attendance at trainings sponsored by the Western Regional Education Service Alliance in addition to on-line work. The remaining eight courses will be provided fully on-line. Each course integrating face-to-face trainings will require students to attend four full days of instruction at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville, NC. The schedule of classes will accommodate working students, including those who work full-time.  All students are required to complete a competency-based internship that involves aspects of a principal's responsibilities, including leadership of an improvement initiative.

Program Plan

Post Master's Certificate toward Principal Licensure (add-on)

Program Description: Students seeking principal licensure who already have earned a master’s degree will need to apply for a Post-Masters Certificate toward principal licensure. This certificate is earned through the completion of a four-semester graduate program. Students will take eight, three-credit courses, for a total of 24 credit-hours. This graduate program utilizes a hybrid (face-to-face and on-line) course delivery model. Three hybrid courses will require face-to-face attendance at Western Regional Education Service Alliance sponsored trainings in addition to on-line work. Each course integrating face to face trainings will require students to attend four full days of instruction at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville, NC. The remaining five courses will be provided fully on-line. The schedule of classes will accommodate working students, including those who work full-time.  All students are required to complete an internship. Internships are competency based and involve many aspects of a principal's responsibilities, including leadership of an improvement initiative.

Program Plan

Location of Course Offerings: Hybrid (face to face and on-line)

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • District Verification Form (DVF) - must have 3 or more years of experience as an educator
    • Hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A Teaching License or a comparable license from another state. If you have 3 or more years of service with a district as a counselor, social worker, psychologist, media specialist or other licensed school-based service provider, please note that on your DVF as well on your application.
    • Post Master's Certificate: a master's degree in Education or a related field from an accredited institution.


Application Deadline
: May 15 (Priority)    June 15  (Final)

Prerequisites: None

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS

Graduate Program Director:
Heidi Von Dohlen, Program Director,
MSA/PMC Programs
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828.227.3325
Email: hbvondohlen@wcu.edu

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