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

Complete Coursework: as few as 10 months  |  Credit Hours: 18-23  |  Tuition: $512 per credit hour

Overview

Learn the ins and outs of being an effective K-12 school administrator. The online Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate (Basic School Administrator or BSA) 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; it's possible to complete the program in as few as 10 months.

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.

Graduates of the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate 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

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 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

Courses

In order to earn the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate 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.

To see the full list of our Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online degree program must have a master's degree in education or related field from an accredited university with a minimum 3.3 GPA. Applicants will also need to submit two professional or academic recommendations, a current résumé and a personal statement.

To learn more about our Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online program is $512 per credit hour, and there is a $50 registration fee each semester. There is also a nonrefundable $45 application fee. Tuition is paid by the course and is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Michigan.

To learn more about our Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online program is convenient and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online program, view calendar.

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Courses

For the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online program, students will earn between 18 (minimum) and 23 credit hours from the courses listed below. For some students, all 23 credit hours may not be required. An advisor will review your educational and professional background to determine your specific coursework needs.

Students without sufficient administrative experience will be required to complete the two-credit hour internship course as part of their coursework.

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Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides analysis of the educational administration issues presented in culturally pluralistic educational environments and examination of sociopolitical context of schools, impact of dominant and subordinate groups and leadership challenges involved in striving for school success for all.

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 provides an overview of the theories of leadership and organization that shaped the system of American education. Students critically compare the ideas, concepts, issues, broad knowledge and theories about managing, motivating staff, wielding power, leading people, handling conflict, making decisions, working within a bureaucracy and organizing educational institutions to improve learning.

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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Admissions

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

Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate 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
  • Recommendation forms from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the quality of the applicant's professional work
  • 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: transcripts_admissions@emich.edu.

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9389.

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Tuition

Eastern Michigan University offers the same affordable undergraduate tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the per-credit-hour cost. The chart below outlines the tuition cost per credit hour for the Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate online program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course
Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate $512 $1,536
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Calendar

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall II October 24, 2017 October 15, 2017 October 15, 2017 October 19, 2017 October 20, 2017
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