School Administration Coordinator
Robert Lyons, Ed. D.
Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling
3201 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY
School Administration offers a Master of Arts and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration, as well as several Kentucky administrative endorsements. The programs are designed for certified teachers who are interested in leading schools and districts in the state of Kentucky. The College of Education at Murray State University is NCATE accredited and therefore the degree programs meets the certification requirements in most other states.
Information for New Students
PK-12 Principal and Career Technical Education Principal Certificate
Our new program, the Regional Partnership for Principal Preparation is a
30-hour, cohort-based program that culminates in a second master’s degree and
Level 1 School Principal certification. Admission requirements include: (1) a master’s
degree, (2) three years of teaching experience, (3) successful completion of an
application and interview during the recruitment period, and (4) a letter of
support and MOA from your school district. The TENTATIVE cohort schedule
is listed below. Note that Cohorts start each fall. See the Revised Catalog for more details.
Our central office endorsements are built upon the school principal
endorsement. Admission to these endorsement programs requires that you
have either a Masters in School Administration or already hold an endorsement
in one administrative area and will simply be adding another. For new students,
this means that you will need to start in one of the cohorts and complete the
Master’s degree prior to entering into these endorsements. Courses for
these endorsements are offered as ‘stand-alone’ and not through a cohort.
See the Revised Catalog for specific details.
The School Superintendent program is largely unchanged, as experience as an
administrator has always been required for this endorsement. See the
Revised Catalog for more details.
Option 6 of the Alternative
Routes for Administrator Certification
Since 2001, Murray State University has offered a means by which school
districts can broaden an applicant pool with the inclusion of persons not yet
certified. These candidates would then have 2 years to complete all
requirements. Effective July 1, 2011 Alternative Certification candidates
must be part of a Cohort for initial certification. There are other
provisions for the Executive Program and endorsement extension. See the
Option Six Alternative Certification Guidelines for more information.