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PK-12 Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Leadership, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-9087; fax: 612-624-3377)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 22 to 23
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: PK-12 Administration PBacc Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Housed within the University of Minnesota's Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), the PK-12 Administration certificate offers aspiring educational administrators an individualized program to prepare them for the following licenses: K-12 principal Superintendent Director of special education Director of community education The PK-12 Administration certificate program offers a variety of courses specifically designed to address the competencies required by the state for the various licenses.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Minnesota Board of School Administrators and the NCATE.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please visit http://www.cehd.umn.edu/olpd/grad-programs/Adm-Licensure/apply.html for information about application process and related fees. Applications to the doctoral and licensure programs are separate processes. Only three-credit licensure courses that have been approved by the candidate's adviser may be counted toward an Ed.D. or Ph.D. If you are considering doing both the certificate and a doctoral program, contact our program office. Please note: This program is not offered full-time and therefore is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the United States.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Further requirements for K-12 principal, superintendent, or director of special education: Possess or complete three years of teaching experience 60 credits beyond a bachelor's degree to include a graduate degree 320 hours of field experience Further requirements for director of community education: A bachelor's degree plus 20 credits 320 hours of field experience Exit requirements Complete all coursework with a grade of S or C or better. An electronic portfolio presented to a review panel made up of representatives from the University and licensed practitioners is required as the last step to earning licensure.
Required for All Licenses
Note: OLPD 5391 is not required for the director of special education license. OLPD 5387 and 5391 are not required for the director of community education license.
OLPD 5324 - Strategic Financial Planning and Policy for Educational Leaders (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5344 - School Law (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5348 - Leaders of Human Resources Administration (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5385 - Licensure Seminar: Program Policies and Inclusionary Leadership (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5386 - Leadership Portfolio Seminar (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5387 - Leadership for Teaching and Learning (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5391 - Special Education Law for Leaders (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5396 - Field Experience in PK-12 Administration: Authentic Practice in Leadership (3.0 cr)
Licensure-Specific Course Requirements
K-12 principal
OLPD 5321 - The Principal as Leader of High-Performing Schools (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5388 - Leadership for Master(ful) Scheduling (2.0 cr)
-OR-
Superintendent
OLPD 5322 - Leaders in the Superintendency and Central Office (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5393 - Leading School Finance Elections (1.0 cr)
-OR-
Director of Special Education
OLPD 5368 - Leadership for Special Education Services (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5392 - Special Education Finance: Program Models, Policy, and Law (2.0 cr)
-OR-
Director of Community Education
OLPD 5389 - Community Education Leadership (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5394 - Leadership in Community Education Finance and Law (1.0 cr)
Electives for Director of Community Education
Plus credits in the following areas of emphasis dependent upon undergraduate coursework or work experience with advisor approval: undereducated adults; strategies for teaching adults; children, youth, in society; early childhood/family education.
 
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OLPD 5324 - Strategic Financial Planning and Policy for Educational Leaders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
State-local school finance systems, budgeting, governmental fund accounting. Interpretation of financial information. prereq: Grad student pursuing licensure as elementary-secondary [principal or superintendent]
OLPD 5344 - School Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Legal foundations of elementary/secondary education. Statutory themes, relevant case law, emergent policy issues. Implications for educational organizations and for administrative practice.
OLPD 5348 - Leaders of Human Resources Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Skills for administrator/leader. Human resources administration, employee recruitment, selection, orientation/support, supervision, performance appraisal of school district personnel. prereq: Designed for students working on licensure for [dir of community educ or superintendent or K-12 principal or dir of special educ]
OLPD 5385 - Licensure Seminar: Program Policies and Inclusionary Leadership
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Prepararation for licensure program. Program overview, preassessment, reflective practice, APA writing, exit panel review, administrative employment interview.
OLPD 5386 - Leadership Portfolio Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of electronic administrative licensure portfolio to earn endorsement for license as school superintendent, K-12 principal, director of special education, or director of community education. prereq: 5385 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5385 or EDPA 5385
OLPD 5387 - Leadership for Teaching and Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Multiple aspects of administrating teaching/learning. Administration of teaching/learning as system in inclusive schools. Questions administrator must ask as leader of learning for students/adults.
OLPD 5391 - Special Education Law for Leaders
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Competencies of leadership, policy, and political influence. Legal/regulatory applications focusing on special education law. prereq: Designed for students working on licensure in PK-12 administration
OLPD 5396 - Field Experience in PK-12 Administration: Authentic Practice in Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Field experience or internship arranged for students seeking licensure as PK-12 principal/superintendent. Content/credit depend on licensure requirements specified in individual field experience agreement. prereq: instr consent
OLPD 5321 - The Principal as Leader of High-Performing Schools
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Role of principal: qualifications, duties, problems.
OLPD 5388 - Leadership for Master(ful) Scheduling
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Work of high-performing professional learning communities. Implications for moving from building master schedule to leadership for master(ful) scheduling of time, space, motion, people. Hands-on work with infinite campus software/scheduling-building logic.
OLPD 5322 - Leaders in the Superintendency and Central Office
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Role/responsibility of superintendent in school district. Real life experiences, leadership potential as CEO. Purposes, power, politics, practices of position. Interplay of internal school forces, community forces. Leadership in public, high-profile appointment.
OLPD 5393 - Leading School Finance Elections
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comprehensive planning model for conducting school finance elections. Emphasizes systems, strategies, and campaign tactics.
OLPD 5368 - Leadership for Special Education Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Legislative, procedural, executive, and judicial actions that affect services, families, and children with special needs at federal, state, and local levels. prereq: Administrator or supervisor or professional responsible for managing general or special or alternative education program
OLPD 5392 - Special Education Finance: Program Models, Policy, and Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
How special education revenue is a resource to accomplish student-related objectives. Revenue sources, compliance, budget monitoring. Key policy, case law, program models from perspective of director of special education. prereq: [5324 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5324 or EDPA 5324 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in EDPA 5324], knowledge of special education
OLPD 5389 - Community Education Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Competencies of leadership, community relations, communication, community assessment, program development, program evaluation. Philosophy/administration of community/alternative education programs.
OLPD 5394 - Leadership in Community Education Finance and Law
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Interplay between finance and laws directly applicable to community education. MN Statute 124D, revenues/expenditures, and UFARS approached from frame of resource development. prereq: [5324 or EDPA 5324] recommended