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Online Certificate in Education Administration: Program Overview

Learn about online certificates with education administration courses. Get an overview of the program types, requirements and course descriptions available for this field.

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Essential Information

Online graduate certificate programs that cover education administration are available from several public and private universities. These programs are offered under the titles of School Administration, Community College Leadership, and Distance Learning & Administration.

Applicants are expected to be licensed educators and have a bachelor's degree; they typically must provide a resume outlining their experience in the field. Admitted individuals can likely finish the certificate program in about a year of full-time study. These programs generally train people to become leaders, supervisors and administrators in K-12 schools or higher education institutions.

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Certificate in Education Administration

Online learning in certificate programs usually allows students to complete coursework at a time convenient for them, provided they do so by scheduled due dates. Content management systems allow schools to create virtual classrooms featuring lectures, assignments and communication tools. Some education administration programs accept students and place them in the same classes as part of a cohort, which means they'll start and finish the program together. The following certificate options are among areas of focus distance learners may pursue.

School Administration Certificate

Other than a required internship, this certificate is available entirely through distance learning. Internships provide real-world experience under the supervision of an experienced educational administrator, and they usually last for one semester. Programs typically have around five classes, covering the course topics below.

Course Topics

  • Effective leadership
  • Supervision
  • Professional development
  • Curriculum development
  • Educational theory
  • School law

Community College Leadership Certificate

This certificate program is designed for people interested in community college leadership positions. It's also for people who already hold such a position and need to strengthen their administrative skills. This is often a 15-credit program with five fully online courses.

Course Topics

  • Workforce, economic, and community development mechanisms
  • Teaching-learning environment of community colleges
  • Federal, state, and local education systems

Certificate in Distance Learning and Administration

This certificate program, which may have around six courses and require 18 credits, focuses on designing and administering online and other distance education programs.

Course Topics

  • Instructional design
  • Information technology
  • Evaluation of distance learning programs

There are multiple online graduate certificate options offered in the field of education administration. Each is tailored to a different learning environment, so prospective students can choose between them based on their career goals.

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