The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration (PMC)

Meets Requirements for North Carolina “Add-On” Licensure as a School Principal

Program Synopsis

The Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration (PMC) is intended for students who already hold a Master’s degree in Education or in a field that is closely affiliated with youth and adult development and who have at least 3 years teaching or other relevant professional educational experience. It is a 24-27 credit hour program that includes academic coursework and a year long Internship. The PMC meets the requirements of the state legislation that supports an alternative path to school administration licensure.

Admission Procedures

Candidates must submit a full and complete PMC application to the Graduate School. Graduate School admissions information is available at

Admission requirements include:

  1. Candidates must provide 2 official transcripts from all prior universities attended.
  2. Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in Education or a field closely affiliated with youth or adult development such as Social Work, Sociology, Counseling, Psychology, Library Science, or Technology Education.
  3. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a Master’s degree program.
  4. Candidates must evidence at least 3 years of teaching or other professional educational experience (not limited to public schools).
  5. Candidates must submit the District Verification Form (pdf) and 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a school principal or education supervisor.
  6. Candidates must submit a current resume that details all previous leadership and professional roles.
  7. Candidates must submit a statement (approximately 1500 words in length) that responds to the following:
    1. Briefly detail your academic and career goals.
    2. Describe two previous experiences you have had leading adults. What worked well? What might you have done differently?
    3. Do you believe the leadership of a school makes all the difference? Why or why not?
  8. Candidates may be requested to participate in a PMC interview in which they will discuss how their interests and goals are aligned with the Department’s Statement of Commitments.

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

Academic Coursework

PMC students are required to complete 12 to 15 credit hours (4 to 5 graduate courses) drawn from those required in the Department’s Master’s of School Administration (MSA) degree program.

Required Courses are:

Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
ELC 660 School Principalship 3
ELC 670 Leadership for Teaching/Learning 3
ELC 684 Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention and Evaluation 3
ELC 694 Political and Cultural Dimensions of Schooling 3

A signed Plan of Study is to be kept on file with the PMC Coordinator beginning in the first month of the student’s 2nd semester in the program. A copy of the Plan of Study will also be placed in the student’s file in the ELC Office.


Students must complete a one-year school administrator internship for 12 total credits. These internships must be conducted in a school under the supervision of a mentor and the university supervisor.

Students who are completing internships enroll in the ELC 690: Practicum in Educational Administration. Students should consult with their advisor to determine when in the program to begin the internship. All internships begin in the Fall semester. With Internship Coordinator and advisor approval, PMC students can begin the internship the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
ELC 690 Practicum in School Leadership 3 (or 6)


Students are expected to complete the PMC in about 2 years.

Important Stipulations:
1. PMC students may not transfer in credits from other Universities and/or programs.
2. Only 3 credits earned through Visions can be applied to the PMC.
3. PMC students must complete their program within 5 years.
4. PMC students may have no more than 3 hours of C credit.


In their final semester, students must create and defend a CAPstone essay and portfolio that analyzes their PMC experience. For an overview of the CAPstone requirements, download the Description and Procedures for PMC Comprehensive Assessment and Portfolio document.

For students entering programs Fall 2010 and after:
Submission of the electronic portfolio created over the course of the program and submitted during ELC 690 constitutes the CAP experience. Explicit instructions for this portfolio and submission will be shared in ELC 690.

Questions about CAP requirements should be directed to your individual advisor
or Dr. Brian Clarida,


Graduation Procedures

Students must apply to the UNCG Graduate School for graduation and submit an approved Plan of Study. Students interested in state certification must successfully meet all PMC and state principal licensure portfolio requirements before applying for state school administration licensure.

Principal Licensure Certification in North Carolina Procedures.

Once students have applied to graduate from UNCG with the PMC AND attained proficiency on their principal licensure portfolio, they may begin the process of applying for North Carolina Principal Certification with the assistance of the UNCG Teachers Academy. The Licensure Coordinator will only begin processing the licensure application after the first day of the month the student has applied to graduate has passed (e.g., May graduates can submit their paperwork after May 1).

Relationship to MSA Program

Beginning in Fall 2008, current ELC MSA students who have an appropriate Master’s degree and requisite professional educational experience may apply to enter the PMC.

Current ELC MSA students who apply for the PMC must follow all stated PMC admissions procedures in order to merit consideration for acceptance into the program. If accepted to the PMC, the Graduate School would consider the student as progressing toward both the PMC and MSA. The student does not have to re-apply to the MSA. Credits earned toward the PMC degree can be counted toward the MSA.


Information on tuition and fees is available at:

Information on Financial Aid is available at:

Consider applying

You can apply online at the UNCG Graduate School website, at:


MSA and PMC Internship 2011 – 2012 Handbook

Gainful Employment information

The Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration (PMC) program was approved by UNCG in Spring 2008, and has admitted and served students since Summer 2008. The occupations that this program prepares completers to enter are Principal and Assistant Principal (SOC code: 11-9032.00)-education administrators at the elementary and secondary school levels. The total tuition rate and fees charged to complete the program within two academic years and one summer semester, are $4,431.12 (This calculation is based on the typical time it takes to complete this program and the on-campus tuition rate/fees for the academic years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, and summer 2010). The UNCG OPEID code is 002976; the Credential Level for all certificate programs is 04.

The typical costs for books and supplies are approximately $500.00.
Number of completers 2010-2011–18
Job Placement rate-75%
Completed program within normal time-100%
Median Loan debt incurred by students who completed the program in the Spring 2011: $0
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Contact Information

Dr. Brian Clarida
Coordinator, PMC Program
336-334-4737 (fax)
School of Education Building, Rm 362
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402

Dr. Brian Clarida
Internship Coordinator

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