Certificate - School Administrator


K - 12 Administrator, Program Coordinator, Instructional Supervisor, Director, Department Head


Mary Katherine Hamilton, IHM,EdD
Associate Professor and Educational Leadership Program Director
(313) 927-1362


The Administrative Certification program is designed to prepare candidates with advanced knowledge and skills in leading and managing a school committed to the success of all students. The program focuses on preparing candidates to serve as the instructional leader in the school, ensuring both a supportive environment and rich learning experiences for students and adults. Candidates learn to effectively engage the systems within which schooling is embedded by understanding and applying principles of system theory in their planning, decision making, and change processes. They examine the relationships among social justice, school culture and student achievement and are challenged to work for a school vision and culture of high expectations and equitable opportunities for all students.


The Administrative Certificate Program is a 21-24 credit program open to certified teachers who already hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and are interested in becoming a K-12 administrator. Candidates can complete the program in 4 semesters if they register for a minimum of six credits a term. Students who are currently principals are able to submit a professional portfolio to be reviewed for consideration of waiving Internship II (EDL 687).


EDL 515 Executive Leadership and Decision Making (3)
EDL 516 Managerial Finance (3)
EDL 529 Introduction to Management and Leadership (3)
EDL 537 Curriculum Theory and Development (3)
EDL 627 Legal Issues in Education (3)
EDL 647 Supervision of Staff and Staff Development (3)
EDL 677 Internship I (3)
EDL 687 Internship II (3) (required for all students who are not currently principals)


  • Submit a graduate application
  • Send official transcripts from the bachelor and master degree-awarding institution directly to Marygrove College: Office of Admissions
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Create a Career Plan
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the candidate’s leadership potential
  • Present an elementary or secondary teaching certificate


  • 21-24 credit hours
  • Must complete an Administrative Practicum/Internship II if you are not currently in a principal role
  • Take the Praxis test (or similar exam) during the Internship I course. The additional cost for the test and reports are the responsibility of the student.

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