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Master of School Administration

Masters of School Administration

The Masters of School Administration is designed to prepare transformative school leaders for the region, North Carolina, and beyond. The cohort-based, multimodal program requires the successful completion of 42 graduate course credit hours, a comprehensive exam.  The program begins each fall and all requirements, including a year-long, full-time internship, are completed in two years. The typical cohort comprises North Carolina Principal Fellows,classroom teachers, and other aspiring principals.

Program Objectives

1)   Articulates a vision of learning by using relevant knowledge and theories that promote the success of all students.

2)   Use the following data types: student performance, teacher and community survey, and state and or

local reports for school improvement.

3)   Apply knowledge of in-depth review of the literature relevant to effective organizational change and analysis as a foundation for the development of change strategies.

4)   Apply best practices to student learning by understanding the variety of instructional research methodologies and by analyzing the comparable strengths and weaknesses of each method in order to improve instructional programs.

5)   Develop effective instructional programs by improving curricular materials and pedagogy that

will enhance student learning.

6)   Collaborate with family and community members by supporting the planning and implementation of programs and services for diverse student populations

7)   Act responsibly by making and explaining decisions that promote student success based upon ethical and legal principles, professional integrity, and fairness.

8)   Complete a full-time internship with appropriate and substantial responsibilities, gradually increasing in amount and complexity with direct, purposeful interaction with school or central office staff, students, parents, and community leaders.

9)   Critique the organizational and systemic ways that schools may produce inequitable schooling

conditions for historically marginalized students.







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