The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

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

Program Synopsis

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

Gainful Employment information

The PMC in Urban School Leadership and Administration is not currently eligible for federal or state financial aid.

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 15 credit hours (5 graduate courses) drawn from those required in the Department’s Master’s of School Administration (MSA) degree program.

Required Courses Are:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELC 660 The School Principalship 3
ELC 670 Leadership for Teaching and Learning 3
ELC 684 Teacher Rights, Recruitment, Retention, and Evaluation 3
ELC 691 Urban School Organizational Leadership: Best Practices 3
ELC 694 Cultural and Political Dimensions in Schools 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 in an urban setting 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 Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELC 690 Practicum in Educational Administration 12 total hours


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, providing an explanation and rationale for how the student might lead and improve an urban school. 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, or Dr. Ann Davis at

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 administrator assessment 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 they have attained a passing score on the state principal licensure examination, 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). See the PMC Handbook for more specific information.”

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 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

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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