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Certification Pathway Program

Preparation for the School Administrator certificate can be accomplished through the Certification Pathway Program, for those who already hold an education-related master’s degree. The Certification Pathway Program includes a minimum of 18 credits earned in the Department of Educational Administration. Students without administrative experience will complete an internship, which increases the total credits to 21.

Decisions about courses required for an individual participating in the Certification Pathway Program are guided by the Michigan Standards for Building-level Administrators.  Find the standards at the MDE website:

http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-5683_6368---,00.html

To assure that our students meet the standards, an advisor will conduct a review of past coursework (MA or MS degree) and professional experience, and, in consultation with the student, develop a program plan. Certification Pathway students generally complete the core courses required in the K-12 Masters in Education Administration.

If you wish to speak with an advisor about the possibility of the Certification Pathway Program, please contact Dr. BetsAnn Smith via email at bas@msu.edu or call the Department of Educational Administration at 517-353-8480.

Certification Pathway Program Frequently Asked Questions

 

Certification Pathway Program Courses

The Certification Pathway Program includes a minimum of 18 credits earned in the Department of Educational Administration. Students without administrative experience will complete an internship, which may increase the total credits to 21.

EAD 806
3-credits
The Evolving Practice of School Leaders
EAD 811
3-credits
 Inquiry and Analysis of Teaching and Learning  
EAD 812
3-credits
Inquiry and Analysis of School Organizations
EAD 822
3 credits
Engaging Diverse Students & Families
EAD 853
3 credits
Educational Finance and Resource Allocation
EAD 852
3 credits
Principalship
Students WITHOUT administrative experience will complete
EAD 820
3 credits
School Leadership Internship (register Fall, stretches across Fall and Spring)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application and Registration

Students pursuing the Certification Pathway Program do NOT apply to the MA program. Please register under Graduate Certification status by completing the Lifelong application and checking the box that indicates coursework is taken for certification. Graduate certification status allows the student to avoid paying matriculation fees. Students should understand that they cannot transfer more than 9 Graduate Certification credits into any MSU degree program.  Students who decide to earn credits under the Graduate Certification status must still apply to the Department. To apply, please contact Angela Card at

k12adm@msu.edu.

Certification students should not register for classes that are not approved by the advisor. 

Link to Schedule of Courses:  http://schedule.msu.edu/default.asp