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Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership

The Salem School of Education offers a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership designed for experienced, licensed, professional educators (teachers, counselors, etc.) who have earned education related master’s degrees and are now ready to pursue new leadership roles within their schools or school districts.

About This Program

The Salem School of Education offers a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership designed for experienced, licensed, professional educators (teachers, counselors, etc.) who have earned education related master’s degrees and are now ready to pursue new leadership roles within their schools or school districts. This is an accelerated program that prepares students for licensure as principals, district supervisors, and superintendents at all educational levels (Pre-K through Adult).

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership program offers two paths to licensure.

  1. The Principal Track is an 18-hour program that consists of 7 months of coursework. Completion of the program leads to licensure as PreK-Adult Principal.
  2. The Full Certification Track is a 24-hour program that consists of 11 months of coursework. Completion of the program leads to licensure as PreK-Adult Principal, General Supervisor, and Superintendent.

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership program prepares students with courses to develop the practical skills and knowledge necessary for school and school district leadership. Annual student pass rates on the required licensure exam consistently exceed 97%. All coursework includes fieldwork or internship experiences that can be completed in your school or district. The program utilizes the unique relationship that exists between a leadership candidate, their employing school district, and the University.

The Salem School of Education is nationally accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP accreditation system The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). This designation will facilitate a more effective path to licensure in your home state.

Career Opportunities

A Master of Education in Educational Leadership can lead to career paths such as:

  • School Principal (Grades PK – 12/Adult)
  • District Supervisor (Grades PK – 12/Adult)
  • Superintendent (Grades PK – 12/Adult)

Course Format

Program courses are delivered in a monthly format and completed online with fieldwork and internships conducted in the student’s home school and district. Content courses are 1-month in duration and internship courses extend over 2-months. Courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your classroom and students.

Course Numbers/Names

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership degree program consists of the following courses:

  • EDU640 Public School Finance and Administrative Applications
  • EDU652 School, District, and Community Leadership
  • EDU670 Instructional Leadership
  • EDU680 School Law and Administrative Applications
  • EDU691 Technology Competencies for Educational Leaders
  • EDU664 Professional Practices of the Principal Internship
  • EDU674 Professional Practices of the District Supervisor Internship (full certification track only)
  • EDU684 Professional Practices of the Superintendent Internship (full certification track only)

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at www.salemu.edu. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. A nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem International University.

All candidates for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree must specifically:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree in an education-related field and have a valid teaching license or otherwise be approved for admission by the Dean and the Provost.
  2. Have earned an education related master’s degree or otherwise be approved for admission by the Dean and the Provost.
  3. Have a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA.
  4. Have successfully completed 3 years of full-time teaching or management level experience as defined by West Virginia State Board Policy 5202:
    • 4.66 Teaching Experience. – Classroom teaching or student support services experience within the specialization(s) and grade levels reflected on the educator’s license.
    • 4.44 Management Level Experience – Work experience in which an individual’s assignment in the organization is designated as a position of authority with responsibility for regulating the relationships between and among people.

For more information on Master of Education in Educational Leadership program admission, please see the current Salem Graduate Catalog.