Education Administration and Leadership (Post-Master Certificate or Specialist)

You'll enjoy a practitioner-focused curriculum that can lead to three administrative licensures —

  • PK-12 school principal
  • Special education director
  • Superintendent of schools

No matter which licensure you are pursuing, you will receive training in a core of professional leadership courses and academic experiences appropriate to your program. All three programs include coursework leading to eligibility for administrative licensure and is accredited by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA).

This program is student-centered and provides advanced principles of leadership to guide the practice of educational leaders so they can meet the needs of all learners and achieve more equitable outcomes. As learning organizations and society continue to evolve, this program is intentionally designed to ensure that educational leaders are ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of today and the future.

Upon completion of the Post Master’s graduate certificate or Specialist degree a graduate may choose to pursue an Applied Doctoral (Ed.D.) program.

This program is delivered both in-person and as a hybrid/hyflex model to meet the needs of our professional learners.

The Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) oversees and ensures the quality of school administrator preparation in the state of Minnesota.  The College of Education and Learning Design has four educational administration programs approved by BOSA:

  • Principal K-12;
  • Superintendent;
  • Director of Special Education; and
  • Director of Community Education

Program Highlights

  • Students may pursue multiple licenses at one time
  • Convenient online, blended, evening, weekend, and 1-week accelerated courses
  • Start fall, spring, or summer
  • Progress at your own pace
  • Enjoy courses in St. Cloud or Brooklyn Park
  • Connect and engage with your professors and colleagues
  • Faculty are accomplished professionals from the field
  • Certificate completion in one year: 30 credit program.
  • Specialist students complete 36 credits and a research study to earn the Ed.S.
  • Continue your education with a doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership.

Program Distinctions

Popular Careers

  • Special education director
  • Elementary principal
  • Middle school principal
  • High school principal
  • Superintendent of schools
  • Community education director
  • Activities/Athletic director

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 (Priority) May 15 (Priority) July 15 (Priority)
Spring Nov. 15 (Priority) Sept. 15 (Priority) Nov. 15 (Priority)
Summer May 1 (Priority) Feb. 15 (Priority) May 1 (Priority)

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