Information for New Students
PK-12 Principal and Career Technical Education Principal Certificate
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 cohort schedule is listed below. Note that Cohorts start each fall. See the Revised Catalog for more details.
Supervisor of Instruction, Director of Special Education, and Director of Pupil Personnel
Our central office endorsements are built upon the school principal endorsement. Admission to these endorsement programs requires that you have either a Masters in Education 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.