Elementary Administration Certificate and Certification Programs

To become an elementary school principal, vice principal, or administrative professional, one step is to complete a certificate program. These certificate programs are often designed for people who have relevant educational or employment experience.

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Essential Information

Many elementary administration certificate programs cover student affairs, counseling, community relations, administration education and teacher training in addition to curriculum and budget planning. Some programs are designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's or master's degree in education, while others are meant to be completed concurrently with a degree program. Programs vary in length, depending in part on whether they're offered as part of a larger degree program or as a stand-alone program. Elementary school administrators must obtain licensure rather than certifications. Courses are available to be taken online.

Most certificate programs in elementary administration require students to already hold or be working towards a master's degree in a related subject, though some programs require only a bachelor's degree. Some programs require applicants to hold valid state teaching certification and previous employment in education. Programs may also have specific requirements for incoming students' grade point averages (GPAs) and college admissions test scores.

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Certificate in Elementary Administration

The coursework in elementary administration certificate programs emphasizes practical knowledge used to operate K-5 schools. The classes cover topics dealing with finances, human resources, educational theory, business management and special education. The list below includes some commonly required courses such as:

  • Curricula design for elementary schools
  • School finance management
  • Teaching exceptional children
  • Management principles in education
  • Child development

Popular Career Options

People who earn a certificate in elementary administration usually work in specific schools, rather than with several schools in a district. Earning an elementary administration certificate and a master's degree in education prepares graduates for the careers noted below:

  • Elementary school principal
  • Afterschool program supervisor
  • Elementary school curriculum design specialist

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that elementary, middle and secondary school principals would see a 6% growth in employment opportunities from 2014 to 2024. The mean annual salary for elementary and secondary school administrators was $92,940 in May 2015.

Continuing Education Information

Rather than certification, elementary school administrators need to earn a license; nearly every state requires administrators to meet unique licensure requirements. These standards usually include holding a master's or doctoral degree in educational administration or completing a postgraduate certificate. Supervised employment experience in the field is another common requirement. Elementary school administrators often need to complete continuing education coursework to keep their knowledge and licenses current.

Certificate programs in elementary administration teach concepts relevant to designing curricula, planning school budgets, managing student behavior and hiring teachers.

Elementary administration certificate programs include instruction in school finance management, child development, and counseling. Licensure requirements typically include holding a master's or doctorate's degree.

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