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Master of School Administration (MSA)

Overview

Master of School Administration (MSA) is designed to prepare students for leadership and administration at the school building level and specifically for positions as principals and assistant principals. The degree leads to North Carolina Level I administrator licensure (school principal).

Students who already possess a Master’s degree in Education or another field that is closely aligned with human development may wish to consider the Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration (PMC). Information on the PMC is available here.

The MSA program is a 42-semester hour graduate program designed to prepare students for leadership and administration at the school building level and specifically for positions as principals and assistant principals. The degree leads to the North Carolina P License (school principal). It consists of ten 3-semester hour courses and 12 credits of internship. Courses are offered in the evenings during the Fall and Spring terms as well as during various times of day in the Summer. Some courses are offered off campus or as online courses. The time allowed for obtaining the degree is five years after the first date of enrollment (or the first transfer course counted for credit, whichever comes first), although one-year extensions are sometimes possible. Most students are part-time students. They typically take two courses per term (including during the summer semester). We attempt to schedule classes so that many students take two classes in one evening (e.g., on Thursday night, a class from 4 to 6:50 p.m. and another class from 7 to 9:50 p.m.).

Application Criteria & Procedures

Check out the application procedures

Program Information/Requirements

MSA candidates complete a 42-credit program, which consists of:

  • four core courses (12 credits),
    • ELC 660 The Principalship
    • ELC 670 Leadership for Teaching and Learning
    • ELC 694 Cultural and Political Dimensions of School
    • ELC 684 Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention and Evaluation
  • an action research course to fulfill the University’s Masters level research requirement,
    • ELC 675 Schools as Centers of Inquiry
  • a three-course specialization (9 credits), that matches the student’s interests and activities that are necessary for rounding out the student’s preparation. The areas of specialization are:
    • Students at the Margins
    • Curriculum and Pedagogy
    • Law, Policy and Politics
  • two electives (6 credits), decided upon by the student and advisor, and
  • a year-long Internship (12 credits)
    • ELC 690

    The deadline to submit application materials to the Graduate School is March 31. Accepted students begin the program in the following semester.

    *Students are also required to enroll in Taskstream (a paid subscription) and maintain an Electronic Licensure Portfolio throughout the program.

    MSA CAP Information

    Students who were admitted prior to Fall 2010 are required to complete their Comprehensive Assessment and Portfolio (CAP) process, which includes submission of a CAP essay, a CAP mini-portfolio, and a CAP hearing. These students will also be required to make a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in order to be recommended for Licensure.

    Students who are admitted for FALL 2010 and thereafter will complete the new CAP process, which consists of an electronic portfolio in Taskstream upon which recommendation for licensure is based.

    MSA CAP Information

    North Carolina Administrative Licensure Information

    Successful completion of the MSA program and attaining proficiency on the principal licensure portfolio qualifies an individual for a North Carolina entry-level Principal License. For licensure applications, please contact Carol Walker-Rausch in the UNCG School of Education (336-334-3414, crwalke@uncg.edu).

    DPI Full-time Yearlong Internship Procedures

    DPI Full-time Internship Procedures – Spring 2012

    Financial Information

    Check out the financial aid information

    Handbooks

    2011-2021 Handbook 9-2
    DPI Full-time Internship Procedures – Spring 2012
    MSA-PMC Guide to Evidence Clusters and the Internship Experience 2012-2013

    Contact Information

    Program questions:

    Dr. Brian Clarida
    MSA Coordinator
    bjclarid@uncg.edu
    336-334-3491
    336-334-4737 (fax)
    362 School of Education Building
    1300 Spring Garden Street
    Greensboro, NC 27403

    For application forms for fellowships and assistantships:

    Dr. Silvia Bettez
    Coordinator, Student Funds & Fellowships Committee
    scbettez@uncg.edu
    336-256-0156
    336-334-4737 (fax)
    358 School of Education Building
    1300 Spring Garden Street
    Greensboro, NC 27403

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