Post-Master's Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration Online

Enrich your expertise and prepare to lead with confidence as an effective K-12 school administrator in this online post-master’s certificate program designed to be flexible for working professionals like you.

8/1/22 Next Application Due Date
8/29/22 Start Classes
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Program Overview

Get to Know Our Online K-12 Administration Post-Master's Certificate


$512 Per Credit Hour
As few as 12-24 months Program Duration
18-23 Credit Hours

The Post-Master's Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration (Basic School Administrator or BSA) online program at Eastern Michigan University is designed for individuals who already hold an education-related master's degree and want to advance their career into school leadership. No teaching certificate is required. You will work one-on-one with an advisor to guide your path.

In our 100% online coursework, you will study pertinent topics such as leadership in culturally pluralistic educational environments, community relations, instructional leadership, continuous school improvement, budgeting and economics, and human resources principles.

This program is aligned with the "Professional Standards for Educational Leaders" developed by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. All professional education programs in the College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Graduates of the Post-Master's Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration program will be able to:

  • Develop, advocate and enact a shared mission, vision and core values of high-quality education
  • Cultivate an inclusive, caring and supportive school community
  • Strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student's academic success and well-being
  • Foster a professional community of teachers and staff
  • Manage school operations and resources

Career opportunities:

  • School Principal
  • Assistant School Principal
  • District Administrator

Also available:

Eastern Michigan University also offers a variety of graduate education degree programs online. Check out our other online education programs.

$512 Per Credit Hour
As few as 12-24 months Program Duration
18-23 Credit Hours

All professional education programs in the Eastern Michigan University College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Tuition and Fees

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The affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for the Post-Master’s Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration online program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may also be available for eligible students.

Tuition breakdown:

Varies Total Tuition
$512 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$512 Per Credit Hour
Varies Total Tuition

Calendar

EMU Online Dates and Deadlines


The Post-Master’s Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration online program has an accelerated course schedule with multiple start dates a year. Get started right away, or when it’s most convenient for you. View the full calendar to see all deadlines for submitting your application and documents—as well as enrolling and paying tuition.

Now Enrolling:

8/1/22 Next Application Due Date
8/29/22 Start Classes
AllStart DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Deadline*
Summer II6/25/226/1/226/8/226/22/226/23/22
Fall I8/29/228/1/228/9/228/24/229/8/22
Fall II10/19/229/21/229/28/2210/12/2211/3/22

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8/1/22 Next Application Due Date
8/29/22 Start Classes

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Admissions

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The Post-Master’s Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration online program has specific admission requirements. In addition to the requirements outlined below, applicants must also meet the admission requirements of the EMU Graduate School.

  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • Resume detailing professional and educational experiences
  • Graduate GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

Post-Master's Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration Online Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in education or related field from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Two letters/forms of recommendation with two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the quality of the applicant's professional work experience in K-12 setting preferred
  • Résumé detailing professional and educational experiences
  • 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.
  • International students must meet the following additional criteria: 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 Batter (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 are 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.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: [email protected].

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Courses

The Degree Plan for Our K-12 Administration Post-Master's Certificate Online Program


In order to earn the Post-Master's Certificate in K-12 Basic School Administration online, students must complete between 18 and 23 credit hours, to be determined based on previous education and work experience. Students will work with an advisor to determine specific coursework needs once their application and documents are submitted and reviewed. As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

General Education courses may be needed for the completion of degree. After admission to the University, your academic adviser will assist in determining which courses are required to ensure your degree completion. Required general education courses can be taken online at the same program rate. For the complete listing of these requirements, visit the EMU general education page.

Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an exploration of the basic principles and philosophy of community education, its current status and relationship to education and interpretation of the educational institution to a diverse community. Emphasis is on promoting public confidence in schools via two-way communication and community involvement in schools.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course promotes development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for administrators as they supervise effective, positive instructional programs; principles and procedures for addressing issues related to professional growth and continuous improvement.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an exploration of knowledge and skills to nurture and sustain school improvement processes. Building capacity and support among staff for initiatives, revising and refining school practice, monitoring progress toward established goals and making decisions regarding effectiveness.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an examination of the basic economic, fiscal and legal theories of support for education, tax structures, state aid formulas, federal aid and school budgets.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course promotes development of an understanding of the issues, problems and practices involved in the administration of personnel programs in education. It is an in-depth exploration of the basic principles of staff administration and high-level morale. For prospective and practicing administrators.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the role of a school principal in: a) improving curriculum and instruction; b) the establishment of effective operations in a school; and c) establishing avenues for change by an awareness of innovations, materials, technologies and research that are relevant for the elementary, middle and high schools.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course discusses the operation of laws; development of legal principles; federal and state relationships to education; authority relationships to education; authority and liability of school boards, administrators and teachers; negligence; discipline and control; professional ethics and related issues.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
This course provides training in administration through actual supervised experience. Arrangements must be approved by advisor and director of the internship program prior to registration. Enrollment limited.
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