M.S.A.School AdministrationPost-Master's Certificate

School Administration

The Master of School Administration is a program for students looking for administrative leadership careers in the education field. This program is for current, licensed teachers, with at least three years of experience. A career in school administration can lead to a career as a principal, assistant principal, academic officer, dean of students and other leadership opportunities.

The Master of School Administration (MSA) Program and Post Master’s Certificate (PMC-PSL) (Add-on) require candidates to explore and collect data on the diversity of their communities and stresses the importance of diversity issues in school community relations. Candidates explore the needs of diverse learners and the implications of those needs for instructional leadership.

What You'll Learn

The M.S.A. is a 39-semester hour, cohort-based program that leads to licensure in the state of North Carolina as a school principal. The program includes a year-long internship and requires students to explore and collect data on the diversity of their communities. Students will explore the needs of diverse learners and the implications of those needs for instructional leadership. Courses cover a variety of topics such as Educational Research Methods; Philosophy, History and Sociology of Education; and Public School Law.

The Master of School Administration (MSA) Program and Post Master’s Certificate (PMC-PSL) (Add-on) require candidates to explore and collect data on the diversity of their communities and stresses the importance of diversity issues in school community relations. Candidates explore the needs of diverse learners and the implications of those needs for instructional leadership.

Both the MSA and PMC-PSL programs have a two-stage admission process. The first stage requires meeting minimum criteria for acceptance into the program and the Graduate School. The second stage requires demonstration of competencies on the program standards and is required continuation in the program.

While Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university; courses take place over the Internet in both synchronous and asynchronous online environments. New cohorts are admitted each Fall and Spring semester. Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Orientation occurs in August or January at WCU's Biltmore Park location depending on cohort. In May of the year of your graduation, plan to attend an Education Expo at WCU's Biltmore Park location.

Where You'll Go

School administrators can find work at primary schools, the district level, postsecondary environments and other places in need of administrative leadership. You will have the chance to work with with students, provide analysis on curriculum and perform a variety of other tasks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the average salary for elementary and secondary education administrators as $91,780 and the average salary for postsecondary administrators as $101,910.

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