School Administration, M.S.A.

Program of Studies for PART-TIME Students

The Master of School Administration program includes 21 hours in educational leadership courses, six hours in instructional leadership courses, and 12 hours in a field-based internship and associated internship seminar. Part-time study may begin in EITHER the fall or the spring semester.

Part-time students complete their academic course work (27 hours) at their own pace. They may take 1-5 courses per semester and may take these courses in any sequence. Part-time students have five years/10 semesters to complete their degree requirements (including the internship). Continuous enrollment must be maintained (students must take at least one course during each semester and cannot "break" continuous enrollment.) A student who breaks consecutive enrollment is required to apply for re-admission; there is no assurance that a re-admission application will be granted.

All part-time students must complete a year-long, part-time internship and participate in an associated internship seminar each semester. The minimum internship requirement is 360 hours for the year (approximately 180 hours per semester.) Internships may begin only in the fall semester and cannot begin until 75% of the initial 30 hours of coursework has been completed.

Students seeking North Carolina licensure also complete a series of artifacts that are aligned with the state's school executive standards. These artifacts are compiled to form an electronic portfolio that is submitted to the state's licensure division for review.

Educational Leadership Courses - 21 Credit Hrs

EDUC 724 Parent and Community Engagement for the School Executive 3 hrs
EDUC 727 The Social Context of Educational Leadership 3 hrs
EDUC 740 Cultural Leadership for the School Executive 3 hrs
EDUC 741 School-Based Inquiry and Reform for the School Executive 3 hrs
EDUC 742 Law for the School Executive 3 hrs
EDUC 750

Empowerment Strategies for the School Executive

3 hrs
EDUC 731 Organizational Management for the School Executive 3 hrs

Instructional Leadership Courses - 6 Credit Hrs

EDUC 725 Supervisory Practice for the School Executive 3 hrs
EDUC 730 Curriculum Leadership for the School Executive 3 hrs

Internship - 12 Credit Hrs

EDUC 735 Seminar for Internship in Educational Administration I 3 hrs
EDUC 736 Internship in Educational Administration I 3 hrs
EDUC 737 Seminar for Internship in Educational Administration II 3 hrs
EDUC 738 Internship in Educational Administration II 3 hrs

 

At the end of a candidate's program:

  1. The Educational Leadership faculty and other assessors will formally review the candidate's portfolio. If the portfolio is deemed proficient according to the NC School Executive Preservice standards, the assessors will submit their recommendation for licensure to the UNC licensure office;
  2. The UNC licensure office will communicate the licensure recommendation to the NC Department of Public Instruction, which will then formally assess the portfolio according to established criteria;
  3. Upon determination of candidate proficiency, the NC Department of Public Instruction will issue the desired license;
  4. Each student must apply for licensure through the UNC licensure office. The above process does not replace the requirement of an individual application for licensure.