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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School Administration, Certificate (Post-Master’s)

Department of Counseling and Graduate Education

Program: School Administration, Certificate (Post-Master’s)
School of Education  

Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-6861

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding as a school building leader of how to develop a school-wide culture of achievement aligned to the school’s vision.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader to create a positive school culture and instructional program using effective practices that contribute to the academic success of all learners.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader to leverage organizational, operational, and resource management skills to support school improvement and contribute to the academic success of all learners.
  • Demonstrate understanding as a school building leader of how to build relationships that ensure all key stakeholders work collaboratively and effectively together, responding to diverse community interests and needs, mobilizing community resources, and cultivating community partners in order to achieve transformative results.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner to support school policies and assurance of equitable practices, while supporting and communicating democratic values, equity, and diversity in order to ensure the success of all learners.
  • Apply knowledge as a school building leader by using laws, policies and leadership platforms to advocate for all students and families, and act to influence policy makers in order to ensure the success of all learners.

The Certification (School Administration):

The Graduate Certification in School Administration is a six-course, eighteen (18) credit hour, post-Masters certificate designed for educators who already hold a Master’s degree in education. This program prepares candidates for licensure as a building-level administrator in the state of Indiana only, and may or may not satisfy school administration licensure requirements in other states.

To qualify for the Indiana Building Level Administrator license, you must also complete the following:

  • Pass the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision test (i.e., Praxis Test Code 5412);
  • Provide a letter from your superintendent stating that you have at least two years of full-time teaching experience under a valid license;
  • Proof of approved certification in CPR/AED;
  • Proof of suicide prevention training;
  • Complete an exit interview and receive recommendation from Educational Leadership faculty.


  • The Educational Leadership program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP).  Because of these statuses, candidates who meet specific requirements are eligible for a Building Level Administrator license in the State of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates to the certificate program will need to

  • have an earned Master’s degree in education,
  • possess a 3.0 GPA,
  • prepare a Statement of Purpose,
  • provide a resume,
  • submit two letters of recommendation,
  • provide transcripts, and 
  • provide a teaching license.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Information regarding Consumer Information for this program can be found under the Student Information heading at: Consumer Information - Purdue Fort Wayne (

Total Credits: 18

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study.    All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.