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Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration: K–12 Principal

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration for K–12 Principal licensure is designed for post-master’s students seeking the Minnesota K–12 Principal license.

Courses are intended to provide an understanding of the 13 core administrative competencies. These include core courses required for all administrative licensure preparation and two courses that are specific to principal leadership: the field experience internship (a 320 hour field experience internship with a minimum of 40 hours at elementary, junior/middle, and high school levels) and the Principal as Building Leader course.

Students compile an electronic portfolio documenting the development of their competencies throughout the courses and internship.

Administrative Licensure Preparation Pathway

The program consists of 29 credits for initial K–12 Principal or Director of Special Education preparation (or 41 credits for both). You may then choose to stop out and obtain a graduate certificate, complete 6 credits towards superintendency preparation, or complete the Ed.S. degree.

License and Teaching Requirements

In order to be eligible for Minnesota administrative licensure preparation, individuals must have three years of classroom teaching experience and a valid state teaching license. Those who do not meet these requirements may choose to complete the Saint Mary’s Alternative Pathway program to administrative licensure, which can be completed simultaneously with program coursework.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are state-identified competencies for an educational administration degree from Saint Mary's.

Leadership—Lead educational institutions and departments through collaborative, visionary planning and decision making.

Organizational Management—Manage and evaluate organizational operations including human, monetary, and physical resources for institutional improvement.

Diversity Leadership—Promote, create, and monitor appreciation and cultivation of diversity.

Policy and Law—Interpret, develop, and implement local, state, and federal policy and law.

Political Influence and Governance—Nurture a cooperative alliance of key stakeholders to influence the politics and governance of educational institutions.

Communication—Utilize communication skills essential to inform and facilitate effective organizational communication.

Community Relations—Establish and maintain positive and effective community relations relative to educational institutions.

Curriculum Planning and Development for the Success of All Learners—Facilitate the planning and development of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

Instructional Management for the Success of All Learners—Design, implement, and support instruction, assessment strategies, and behavior management.

Use Research Effectively—Integrate current research appropriate for all learners.

Human Resource Management—Interpret, apply, and manage policies and procedures which foster positive and productive performance from faculty and staff.

Values and Ethics of Leadership—Practice ethical leadership, ensuring the best interest of all learners.

Judgment and Problem Analysis—Implement and facilitate problem-solving strategies, integrating critical thinking, creativity, logic, and collaboration.

Safety and Security—Create safety and security plans to sustain an emotionally and physically safe educational environment for all.

Principal-specific Outcomes

As a student of the K–12 Principal Certificate program, you will have intentional focus on:

Instructional Leadership—Apply school and district-wide literacy and numeracy systems.

Monitor Student Learning—Develop and manage effective learning environments and experiences for all students.

Leadership—Lead the community within K–12 institutions, promoting inclusiveness and effective communication.

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Megan Troje, M.A.

Lead Field Specialist

Admission - SGPP

LaSalle Hall - TC Campus, LSH 114

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5211

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Craig Sundberg, M.A.

Program Director

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Mother Teresa Hall, MTH 19

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5143

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Carl Wahlstrom, Ed.D.

Associate Program Director

Educational Specialist and Educational Administration Programs

Mother Teresa Hall, MTH 21

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4539

Carl Wahlstrom Ed.D.
Matthew Neil

Program Coordinator

Education SGPP

The Heights, HT 201

Campus Box: # 68

(612) 728-5155

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Thomas Coughlin, M.S.

Course-Contracted Assistant Professor

Ed.S. in Educational Administration

Susan Manikowski, M.Ed.

Course-Contracted Assistant Professor

Ed.S. in Educational Administration

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