Sep 30, 2023
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 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 Basic Certificate in K-12 Administration may also be earned as part of the Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration [M.A.] or Educational Leadership [Sp.A.] degree programs at Eastern Michigan University.
Please see online.emich.edu for additional information regarding this online degree program.
This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.
Graduate School Application
After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.
The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.
Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:
- Applicants must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
- 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 recommender’s 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.
- Submit a résumé that details their professional and educational experiences.
- A 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, assigned an advisor, and invited for an advising interview. 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 GPAs.
- 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.
Degree Requirements: 23 hours
In conjunction with an approved master’s degree, 23 credit hours are required from among the educational leadership courses listed below. Courses are to be determined and approved by the program advisor, prior to beginning the program. If the candidate has not served in an official capacity as a Principal or an Assistant Principal, the 2 credit hour Administrative Internship is required in addition to coursework.
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 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 approved by the internship director.
For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head.