May 16, 2021
The State of Michigan K-12 School Administrator Certification is a state-supported post-master’s professional development option for prospective and current educators who seek enhanced training in school and/or district leadership, management and instruction. This credential, reinstated by legislative approval in January 2007, coincides with an ongoing process of Michigan state certification available through designated post-secondary institutions (including Eastern Michigan University) for the Basic (Initial) Certificate in K-12 Administration (school/assistant principal licensure). The Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement typically requires the successful completion of the basic (initial) school principal certificate.
The Basic Certificate in K-12 Administration may also be earned as part of the Master’s and/or Specialist’s Degree Program or as a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. The district level leadership endorsement may be earned as part of the Specialist Degree Program in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University or as a Post-Master’s Certificate also.
The Central Office/Superintendent Endorsement Certificate requires 21 hours (minimum) of EMU Educational Leadership Specialist program courses (with an approved master’s degree) to be determined with the program advisor. These courses must meet the requirements of EMU’s state approved program.
- Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.
- Applicants must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited University with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
- International students must meet the following additional criteria; an official score report from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) must be sent by the testing service directly to the University. Student score reports, faxes or photocopies will not be considered official. Minimum scores for admission is 550 (Paper-based Test), or 79 (Internet-based Test) for the TOEFL; 77 on MELAB; or 6.5 (or higher) on the IELTS. IF the TOEFL is taken, the Test of Written English (TWE) is also required. A conditional admission may be available to those students falling just below the minimum score requirements.
- Applicants must submit recommendation forms from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the quality of the applicant’s professional work. The completed forms are due within the online Application for Graduate Admissions. By entering the recommenders email address within the online application, they will be able to upload a letter and the required recommendation form directly to your application. The recommendation form must come directly from your reference.
- Applicants must submit a résumé that details their professional and educational experiences.
- Applicants must submit the Graduate Application for Admission form.
- On the graduate application, students must complete the personal statement of accomplishments and academic goals portion describing the reasons for requesting admission. This essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.
The admission process for the post-master’s certificate is as follows:
- Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- The Office of Admissions will receive and gather ALL required documents. Completed applications that contain the required GPAs, confidential appraisal forms and the résumé will be forwarded to the coordinator of advising for the educational leadership program.
- Completed applications will be reviewed by the faculty review committee. Those applications that include acceptable GPAs, résumé, recommendations and personal statements will be admitted, and assigned an advisor. Applications may be deemed “questionable” due to a combination of low GPA, fair or poor recommendations, poor writing ability and/or statements that are inconsistent with the student’s goals as an administrator. These “questionable” applications will be reviewed by the full faculty, giving special consideration to the student’s life experiences, verbal skills, writing skills, educational background, and GPA’s.
- Applicants who are accepted will be notified following the admission decision.
- All decisions by the faculty regarding admissions are final.
For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit www.emich.edu/coe/lc.
Please contact the department for advisor information.
Certificate Requirements: 21 hours (minimum)
21 credit hours (minimum) of required EMU educational leadership specialist program courses (with an approved master’s degree) typically along with the basic (Initial) certificate in K-12 administration (principal/assistant principal licensure) to be determined with the program advisor. The two credit hour Administrative Internship is required. Courses must have the approval of the program advisor prior to the beginning of the program.
Course Substitutions/Program Changes - The advisor must approve changes in the student’s official program and substitution of courses before registration.
Courses Outside the Program - The Program faculty have prepared a suggested list of courses. Other courses may be used for electives in this area if they are approved by the student’s advisor.
Internships - Information is available from the director of the intern program or at emich.edu/coe/lc. Internship placements should be arranged at least one semester in advance and must be approved by the internship director.
For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit emich.edu/coe/lc.