Educational Administration and Leadership Post-Master Graduate Certificate (6th Year)

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: ELHE

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Graduate Director:
Dr. Janine Dahms-Walker

Program Overview

We offer three post-master 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 post-master graduate certificate programs so students can be admitted to SCSU and be eligible for financial aid.

The post-master 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

The specialist degree programs include a core of pre-professional leadership courses and academic experiences appropriate to the particular program.

Program Location - 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.

The Profession

The educational administration and leadership program prepares students for a profession in education administration for K-12 school organizations. Specifically, these positions include principals, superintendents, special education directors, and directors of community education.


Graduates will be able to seek employment in public and private K-12 school settings, area education agencies or regional educational service units, and positions at the state department level.

Accreditation specific to the program

  • National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Minnesota Board of School Administrators

Admission Information

  • Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received. Students may be admitted for fall, spring or summer terms.
  • Upon completion of a post-master graduate certificate program or the Specialist program, a graduate will be eligible to apply for specific Minnesota administrative licensure.
  • Students holding a specialist or higher degree will complete a minimum of 16 credits, including a field study, to earn a second specialist degree.
  • Applicants to the post-master certificate programs and Specialist program should note that rolling admissions is available.
  • Throughout the year, as the department receives a completed application an admission decision will be made immediately and a student will be offered the next available start date.
  • For priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadlines posted. If space remains in the program, applications will continue to be reviewed after the posted priority deadlines as feasible. 

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 plus 30 semester credits. 
  • If MS is not in Educational Leadership/Administration additional coursework may be required. 
  • 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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