SADM certificate

The Add-on Licensure for Executive Leadership Studies School Administration Certificate will enhance your educational leadership skills beyond your master’s degree and teaching experience as you work toward a North Carolina state licensure in school administration.

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A SADM Certificate focuses on preparing experienced teachers to serve as educational administrators through training in both leadership theory and practice. The program provides a foundation in principles and procedures of school administration, curriculum development and instructional improvement, while developing the ability to evaluate teachers, their instruction and educational research.

Courses are offered in face-to-face and online formats. In the classroom option, coursework is strengthened by supplemental online activities such as webinars, discussion threads, collaborative assignments and assessments. The online-only option includes web-based assignments, online discussions and group activities. While there are no face-to-face meetings, some activities include chats, discussion boards and web-based curriculum content.

You will complete the program with an online electronic portfolio, which meets a requirement for North Carolina licensure.

Upon completion of this program, students with prerequisite teaching experience are prepared for school administrator career positions such as principal and assistant principal and the corresponding licensure in the state of North Carolina.

To enter the SADM Certificate program, you must hold both a current North Carolina Professional Educator’s License and a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.5 grade point average on all graduate-level work. A minimum of three years of N.C. Department of Public Instruction-recognized teaching experiences is also required by the time you complete the program.

A completed School of Graduate Studies application with employment history, official transcript from your master’s degree program and three professional references on Graduate School reference forms are also required.

The program is composed of three semesters totaling 24 registered credit hours. Candidates are enrolled in three courses (MELS 601, 603, and 605; 6 hours each) in consecutive semesters, each featuring an internship (MELS 697; 2 hours each). Essentially, the candidate can earn school administrative licensure in less than 12 months in an exclusively online format.

Successful completion of this program and its electronic portfolio qualifies a candidate for licensure in the state of North Carolina. Before beginning the program, a student who intends to work in a state other than North Carolina should contact the appropriate state licensure authority in order to determine whether North Carolina licensure requirements meet that state’s requirements or whether additional requirements apply. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm and comply with the licensure requirements in any state other than North Carolina.

Educators who work in South Carolina should consult the SC Department of Education webpage on Online and Out of State Educator Preparation Programs which includes the following instructions.

Prior to beginning an online program, an individual must request a formal program approval using the online Request for Change/Action form. Along with the form, educators will need to include, college or university name and address, program name, program description and the purpose of the program. Also what the educator wants to obtain with degree program (ex: Initial certification in Elementary Education). Approval for online programs cannot be given via phone or email.

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