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

Requirements and Details


To apply follow the direction online application instructions in addition to following these program-specific guidelines:

  • In the statement of intent, discuss the licensure specialization(s) you will seek.
  • Recommendations are not necessary.
  • GRE is not required.
  • Post-master graduate certificate applicants or specialist applicants will complete a graduate admission application and submit the application fee for the first licensure track pursued.

Students may be admitted for fall, spring or summer terms through a rolling admissions process.

Special student

If you would like to take courses without pursuing a degree or would like to begin coursework before you are formally accepted to St. Cloud State, you can register as a Special Student.

Once you have registered as a Special Student, you can activate your StarID. Your StarID allows you to access to the university’s Online Services. 

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 Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration plus 30 semester credits, obtainable through the sixth-year graduate certificate licensure tracks or the specialist degree program. A final portfolio assessment is also required of licensure candidates.

More information is available at the Board of School Administrators.