Educational Administration and Leadership (Post-Master Graduate Certificate or Specialist)

Educational Administration and Leadership (Post-Master Graduate Certificate or Specialist)

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

Educational Administration and Leadership (Post-Master Graduate Certificate or Specialist)

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

  • K-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. Coursework is competency-based to meet Minnesota state requirements in licensure. 

Program Highlights

  • All three certificate programs are available on campus and at St. Cloud State at Plymouth.
  • Students may pursue multiple licenses at one time.
  • Coursework offered at weekdays, weekends and during the summer to accommodate working professionals.
  • Certificate completion in one year: 30 credit program.
  • Specialist students complete 36 credits and a research study to earn the Ed.S.
  • Twenty-seven credits of the Specialist degree can be completed at St. Cloud State at Plymouth and 9 credits of research are completed in St. Cloud.
  • Continue your education with a doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership.

Program Distinctions

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15/Rolling May 15/Rolling July 15/Rolling
Spring November 15/Rolling September 15/Rolling November 15/Rolling
Summer May 1/Rolling February 15/Rolling May 1/Rolling

Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State 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 Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.

Applicants to this program must complete and attach the Gainful Employment acknowledgement form (PDF) as a part of their application for admission.

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

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Frances Kayona

Popular Careers

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

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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