If you already have an Alabama Class A certificate in a teaching field and want to be a school principal, this graduate certificate is for you. We prepare instructional administrators and leaders in a K-12 setting. In just 18 credit hours, you will focus on collaboration, student learning, and achievement. Using a cohort format co-taught by experienced leaders and university faculty, you will engage in a sequential, developmental, and comprehensive preparation program. We offer regular opportunities to integrate theory and practice.
Certificate Overview | Cost and Financial Support | Administrative Certification | Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education Faculty | Admissions Information | Initial Registration Requirement
The coursework for this certificate is prescribed so that you are able to apply for Class A Administrative certification in the state of Alabama. Courses include topics such as:
- Action Research & Data Analysis
- Leadership and the Learning Organization
- Planning and Continuous Improvement
- Instructional & Curricular Leadership
- Educational Finance & Resource Management
- Supervision & Personnel Issues in Education
Cost and Financial Support
- Auburn’s Student Financial Services page provides up-to-date cost information.
- There are grants and fellowships available to graduate students.
- Auburn University’s Financial Aid Office also helps students find support.
- Federal financial aid cannot be used to fund a graduate certificate if it is the only program in which you are enrolled.
- AL Class A Professional Educator Certificate required for admission
- This certificate leads to AL Class A Instructional Leadership Certificate.
- You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test
- You must complete and send the certification application to the Professional Education Services Office
Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education Faculty
- Jason Bryant, Ph.D. – Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator
- Lisa Kensler, Ed.D. – Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
- Lynne Patrick, Ed.D. – Director, Truman Pierce Institute and Associate Clinical Professor
- Ellen Reames, Ed.D. – Associate Professor
- February 1 (for Summer semester cohort start)
- June 1 (for Fall semester cohort start)
- October 1 (for Spring semester cohort start)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions
- Master’s degree or higher
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Alabama Class A Professional Educator certificate
- Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
- All official transcripts
(Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
(Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to: email@example.com
- Statement of Intent
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Up-to-date resume
- Valid & renewable teaching certificate
- Clear background check
- EDUCATEAlabama Professional Learning Plan & feedback
- Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
- Evidence of leadership & management potential
- Evidence of 3 full years of acceptable teaching experience —
Send notarized Supplemental Experience form to: Program Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Kensler, 4036 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849
Initial Registration Requirement
Auburn University requires on-campus students to provide proof of vaccinations. Students must only do this before their first term of course registration. This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.
- Auburn University Med+Pass (requires Auburn University email address)
- Are you unable to use Med+Pass because you don’t yet have an Auburn email account? Contact the EFLT Graduate Program Officer for assistance.
- Are you an online student? Contact your program coordinator to request that your medical hold be released.