School Administration Licensure Only Program

To be eligible for consideration for the add-on licensure option, candidates must have:

  1. A master's degree from a regionally accredited university
  2. A minimum of three years of teaching or other professional education experience
  3. A current North Carolina educator's license


  • Apply as a non-degree graduate student,
  • Attach a written statement of interest,
  • Attach the summative evaluation from last year taught,
  • Interview with MSA faculty

Program: 9 credits of course work plus 15 credits of internship

License only students must take 12 credits of coursework outlined in the existing MSA Program. In addition, 15 credits internship are required ( EDL 569, EDL 570, EDL 571)

Record of Progress documents
Note: The course of study was revised effective Summer 2012; please see the below attachments to guide your course sequence planning with your advisor.

Add-on Licensure

Prior to Summer 2012

Program of Study Progress Sheet

Summer 2012 to current

Program of Study Progress Sheet

Program of Study (24 hours total):
Candidates must complete 9 hours of coursework plus a 3 hour required Pre-Leadership
Internship course beyond the initial master's degree from selected courses in School
Administration followed by the administrative internship. Courses will be identified in consultation with the advisor based upon the candidate's background, previous graduate work, and teaching/leadership experiences. These may be selected from the following:

Pick three of the following courses (for a total of nine hours) *HM refers to Hallmark
NOTE: It is recommended that students pick courses with a HM as add-on students will still be responsible for completing all HMs for their e-Portfolio (See Handbook for specific information on all HM projects)

EDL 513 Organizational Theory & Leadership HM 5 (3)
EDL 514* Technology for School Leaders HM 3 (3)
EDL 568** Program Design and Evaluation HM 6 (3)
EDL 512 Legal Issues and Policy as a Systemic Process (3)
EDL 530*** Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment HM 1 (3)
EDL 566 Supervision & Teacher Evaluation HM 2 (3)
EDL 526 Managerial Leadership and Administration HM 4 (3)
EDL 523 Research (no longer an MSA class, but can be an elective)

The following internship courses are required (for a total of fifteen hours):
EDL 569 REQUIRED Pre-Leadership Internship (3)
EDL 570 Internship: Leadership Applications I (6)
EDL 571 Internship: Leadership Applications II (6)
All students must complete the e-Portfolio Defense (completed at end of EDL 571)

*EDL 514 Technology for School Leaders was previously called EDL 514 School Improvement, Innovation and Change. Either of those named courses will count for the EDL 514 credit.
**EDL 568 was previously numbered EDL 522 with a similar course name- Either 522 or 568 will count toward the EDL 568 credit
***EDL 530 was previously called EDL 515 Curriculum and Instruction for School Leaders- Either EDL 515 or 530 will count toward the EDL 530 credit

Exit Criteria:
  1. Successful completion of coursework.
  2. Presentation and oral defense of comprehensive electronic portfolio.

MSA Handbook
Updated MSA Handbook
Related items

Admission Materials

The Graduate School

Internship Materials

MSA Coaching Plan
EDL 570-571 Internship Overview Presentation
Principal Evaluation of an Intern
MSA Intern Time Sheet