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School Administration


Master | School Administration

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE, MAT

For educators who aspire to school principalship. Designed to improve the quality of K-12 schools by preparing leaders dedicated to excellence and equity. Participants must work in selected North Carolina counties.

Enrollment in this program is limited to personnel working in selected North Carolina counties.

The Master of School Administration program is offered to North Carolina educators who aspire to be school administrators, especially school principals. It is designed to improve the quality of K-12 schools by preparing leaders who are dedicated to educational excellence and equity. Graduates are expected to use leadership strategies that will improve student performance in environments that are dynamic, interactive and culturally diverse. Students will complete eight courses plus a year-long full-time building- level internship. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.


  • Three years of successful teaching experience
  • Current employment in a K-12 environment
  • Undergraduate degree
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose and career goals
  • Resume
  • Autobiographical Statement
  • For non-native English speakers, Test of English as a Second Language

Admissions deadline: March 31 (Fall) and October 1 (Spring)


Students complete a total of eight 3-credit courses (24 credit hours) plus a year-long, full-time building-level internship (18 credit hours). Students employed full-time may not enroll for more than 12 credit hours in any one semester.


The Master of School Administration leads to principalship licensure. Applicants should be aware that licensure is controlled by the state. It is the student's responsibility to understand and comply with the state's requirements.

ELP 550 - Principles of Educational Leadership and Empowerment

Units: 3

Examines school organization theories and critical domains of leadership [e.g., school vision, culture, management, collaboration, ethics, and environments]. Develops conceptual, managerial and interpersonal leadership skills through analysis of school goals and purpose; organizational design, development and improvement; curricular and instructional leadership; and school-community relationships. Instructional activities will include lecture, seminar discussion, case and problem-based analysis. Graduate standing required.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Summer Term 1

ELP 532 - Introduction To Educational Inquiry

Units: 3

Basic concepts and methods of educational inquiry. Emphasis on logic underlying various approaches to problem definition and solution and on tools of investigator, as well as on sources and interpretation of research information related to student'sparticular area of study.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

ELP 552 - School-Based Planning, Management, and Evaluation in Professional Learning Communities

Units: 3

Prepares administrators to strategically plan, manage and evaluate core programs and systems for the safe and efficient operation of schools. Operational domains examined will include information systems, management systems, curriculum, instruction, student behavior and school security systems. Instructional activities include lecture, sminar discussions, case, situation and problem-based analysis.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Fall Term

ELP 518 - Introduction To Education Law

Units: 3

Relationship of constitutional, statutory and case law to elementary and secondary public school settings, particularly in areas of students, teachers and liability. Particular emphasis on N.C. and federal law.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Spring Term

ELP 789 - Personnel Recruitment, Selection, Development and Appraisal in Education

Units: 3

Issues, models, theories, research and applications in the evolving field of educational personnel and human resources administration with emphais on recruitment, selection, and development.

Offered in Summer

ELP 554 - Organizational Management II: Resource Support and Sustainability in K-12 Education

Units: 3

Theories and practices of funding K-12 education including examination of: political frameworks and policy issues; concepts central to education finance and budgeting; purposes, designs, and uses of school budgets; procedures for generating, analyzing and interpreting issues related to education finance and school budgeting. Construct, manage and analyze school and district-level budgets; address issues of economic efficiency, equity and fiscal adequacy and their fiscal impact on the school community. Understand North Carolina's Uniform Chart of Accounts accounting structure for school budgeting.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Fall Term

ELP 515 - Education and Social Diversity

Units: 3

Overview of role of education within a culturally diverse society. Major attention to racial, socioeconomic and regional subpopulations. Issues discussed include subcultural influences on public school performances, equality of educational opportunity, social stratification and mobility, and the impact of schooling on intergroup relations.

Offered in Fall and Spring

ELP 534 - Ethics and Educational Decision Making

Units: 3

Application of moral theories and methods of moral reasoning to problems and issues involving educational policy and decision making. Character of morality; moral autonomy and leadership; intellectual freedom and public interest; authority and education; punishment and due process; and leadership and rationality.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

ELP 651 - Internship In Educational Leadership and Program Evaluation

Units: 1 - 9

Utilization of participant-observer role and required participation in selected educational situations with emphasis upon development of observational skills, ability to record relevant observations by means of written journals, skills in analyzing experiences identifying critical incidents and projection of events and consequences. Required development of possible alternative courses of action in various situations, selection of one of alternatives and evaluation of consequences of selected course of action.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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Tuition Level: Graduate

Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 42 Credits Completed at NC State: $17,298.96

Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 42 Credits Completed at NC State: $42,330.96

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

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Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJan 22

Dr. Gregory E. Hicks

Program Coordinator