This certificate program provides education in school administration and is available to certified teachers or school personnel who already hold a bachelor's or master's degree and have teaching experience. The program focuses on the skills needed to work in various administrative positions within an education setting. Certification requirements for administrators vary by state, and certificate programs may serve to certify graduates for positions as principals.
Certificate in Education Supervision
Certificates in education supervision, which may also be called educational leadership or school administration, are offered at the graduate level for post-baccalaureate and post-master's degree students. They can be done as part of a master's degree program or may be done separately, and usually require 12-18 hours of coursework. Certificate programs are available both on campus and online, and are also offered in special education.
Post-master's programs may require applicants to have three or more years of experience to receive the certificate. Students who complete a certificate as part of a master's program will also need to gain admittance to the master's program, which may or may not require certification for admission.
Education supervision students focus on topics that help them understand how to work in various academic administrative positions. These concepts help future supervisors prepare for classroom and personnel management. Coursework may cover the following topics:
- Curriculum development
- Staff supervision
- Education law
- Educational organization
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Principals work in supervisory positions at the K-12 levels, commonly after gaining several years of teaching experience and earning graduate degrees. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that, from 2014-2024, principals at the elementary, middle, and high school levels would see a six percent increase in employment, which is as fast as average for all occupations nationally. In May 2015, the median annual salary for these principals was about $90,410, according to the BLS.
Continuing Education, Licensing, and Certification
After completing a standalone graduate certificate program in education supervision or a related field, an individual may choose to continue on to complete a master's degree program in a subject like educational leadership or school administration. Individuals who complete a master's degree program alongside a certificate program, or those who complete a post-master's certificate program, may consider doctoral program options in the field.
A master's degree is commonly required to become licensed as a principal, and may also be required for certain state certifications. In some cases, 'supervisor' may exist as a certification title that is offered by the state. A student may be qualified for such certification by a graduate certificate program in education supervision, or such a certification may call for at least a master's degree and a minimum amount of teaching experience. Continuing education is typically mandatory to maintain licensure.
Graduate certificate programs in education supervision are offered to experienced certified teachers and school personnel who want to take their career to an leadership or managerial position in education.