Holistic and effective school leadership

Concordia's mission is to prepare servant-hearted school administrators, ready to lead with passion and excellence in their district. Our online school administrator certification is designed for those who already hold a master's degree in an education related field and wish to prepare for a role as a K-12 building administrator in Michigan.

Cost Per Credit $690

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Eight week cohorts begin every: July, August, October, January, March, and May.

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Program Overview

Concordia offers two online pathways for candidates to prepare for educational administration certification: a Master of Science in educational leadership and a Post-master’s K-12 school administrator certificate. Graduates can be recommended to the State of Michigan school administrator certificate, and coursework for both programs aligns with the Michigan Standards for K-12 building principles.

Our programs teach traditional and contemporary theories and research and practices about human behavior in formal organizations and within schools. You will explore various school leadership roles as they contribute to the success of the instructional program, particularly through ongoing evaluation and improvement of personnel, facilities, programs, schedules, services, and staff development.

Our online school administrator certification will help you to identify the skills needed to create and sustain a positive learning environment and examine the changing, multi-faceted role of servant leadership within school administration. Throughout the SACP you will also research strategies and innovative programs to improve school operations and enhance student achievement. You will learn about the role of local, state, and federal stakeholders on the development of school policies while examining state aid formulas, tax structures, federal aid, and the use of tuition, grants, and outside funding.

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Our post master’s in k-12 school administration equips educators and current administrators for school leadership in Michigan by developing skills in decision making, human resource management, teacher evaluation, and public relations.

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Our 23-credit program is offered exclusively online through convenient eight-week courses, and it’s designed with current educators in mind. There is a six-month internship required, and it is one of the most important learning experiences you’ll have as you become a proficient educational leader. Our internship is designed to provide practical experiences related to Michigan's Standards for the Preparation of School Principals. The course is to be completed in a school under the supervision of both a current building administrator and the CUAA Internship Coordinator. Practicum hours are completed before, during, and after the school day and reflect all aspects of the principal's role in education.

Once coursework and internship are complete, students can be recommended by Concordia University as candidates for the Michigan School Administrator Certificate.

Concordia offers various scholarships for qualifying adult and post-traditional learners, including partnerships with various schools and districts in Michigan. Please note a student may only apply for one Uncommon Scholarship, and it cannot be combined with other Concordia tuition discounts or scholarship programs. To see if you qualify, please visit the Uncommon Scholarships page.

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