Educational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State UniversityEducational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State UniversityEducational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State University

Post Master's Graduate Certificate Course Offerings


Twin Cities Cohort
Join our Twin Cities cohort to obtain licensure as a K-12 Principal, Director of Special Education, or Superintendent of Schools. Choose to learn on our St. Cloud campus or in Maple Grove, Minnesota at SCSU's Twin Cities graduate center. The Maple Grove cohort will meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the academic year and for eight days in the summer. Find us at the intersection of 494 and Bass Lake Road in the Dex Building.


Licensure Student

Now Accepting Applications

Cohort 7 (2015-2016)
in Maple Grove

Course Schedule

Cohort 7 Information


Degree Options

We offer three post masters graduate certificate tracks that lead to administrative licensure. Specific coursework for each administrative licensure is determined through a pre-assessment of Minnesota Licensure Competencies during a student's first semester enrollment in EDAD 601, Introduction to Education. During the course, SCSU faculty will review a student's academic and professional credentials and provide a list of courses needed to complete licensure requirements. Students may pursue multiple licenses at one time. We have "packaged" the three licensure tracks into graduate certificate programs so students can be admitted to SCSU and are eligible for financial aid.

The post masters graduate certificate tracks are competency-based to meet Minnesota state requirements for licensure in:

  1. K-12 school principal
  2. Special education director
  3. Superintendent of schools

Administrative Core Courses
15 credits suggested

  • EDAD 603. Organizational Theory, 3 credits
  • EDAD 609. Supervision of Special Education, 3 credits
  • EDAD 612. Program and Assessment/Evaluation Techniques, 3 credits
  • EDAD 619. Legal Financial Aspects of Special Education, 3 credits
  • EDAD 622. Legal Aspects of EDAD, 3 credits
  • EDAD 631. Advanced Supervision Techniques, 3 credits
  • EDAD 633. Curriculum Development for School Leaders, 3 credits
  • EDAD 652. Community Relations, 3 credits
  • EDAD 657. Educational Policy, 3 credits

Administrative Specialty Courses
8 credits suggested

  • EDAD 601. Introduction to EDAD, 1 credit
  • EDAD 605. Principal: K-12, 3 credits
  • EDAD 608. Superintendency, 3 credits
  • EDAD 611. Portfolio Review, 1 credit
  • EDAD 613. Administration of Special Education, 3 credits
  • EDAD 616. SPED Program Development for Administrators, 3 credits
  • EDAD 632. Assessment for School Leaders, 3 credits
  • EDAD 646. Auxiliary Functions for School Administrators, 3 credits

Field Experience Courses
4 credits (320 hours)

  • EDAD 507. Field Experience: Director of Community Education, 4 credits
  • EDAD 674. Field Experience: K-12, 4 credits
  • EDAD 676. Field Experience: Special Education Director (200 hours), 4 credits
  • EDAD 678. Field Experience: Superintendency, 4 credits

Elective Courses
3 credits

  • Select electives in consultation with the graduate advisor.

NOTE: It is recommended that sixth year students with a master's outside of educational administration take EDAD 620, 630, 640 and 650.

For information about courses, please visit the Graduate Bulletin or the Course Descriptions.

Minnesota Administrative Licensure Requirements
Currently the state of Minnesota requires that applicants for administrative licensure have at least three years teaching experience or be eligible to apply for alternative licensure. Licensure requires a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration plus 30 semester credits, obtainable through the post masters graduate certificate or the specialist degree. A final portfolio assessment is also required of licensure candidates.

Gainful Employment
Certain graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Colleges and University's (MnSCU) Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.


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