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Educational Administration Building-Level Certification Program

Emporia State University’s Building-Level Certification program is a 35 hour licensure program for licensed school personnel interested in becoming educational administration. Classes are available online during the spring, fall, and summer semester. Practicum is online during the fall and spring semesters.

Required  Coursework

DIV #   Course Title Hrs Availability
ED 750   Technological Applications in School Leadership  1 Every Semester
EA 811   Supervision and Evaluation  3 Every Semester
EA 885   Human Relations and Group Processes in Education  2 Every Semester
EA 830   School Leadership Theory  3 Every Semester
EA 849   Educational Law and Regulations  3 Fall & Spring
EA 888   School Systems Management  3 Every Semester
ER 752   Analysis of Research  3 Every Semester
ED 820   Curriculum Leadership: Models & Strategies  3 Every Semester
ED 833   Beliefs, Values & Issues in Educational Practices  3 Every Semester
EA 773   Advanced Educational Psychology for Teachers & Administrators  3 Every Semester
EA 896   Practicum I in EA / Building Level Fall *  4 Last Fall Semester
EA 897   Practicum II in EA / Building Level Spring *  4 Last Spring Semester
Total Hours   35

                    * All coursework is to be completed prior to the practicum.


Gaining admission to a graduate program in our department must be initiated by you through contact with the Graduate School, Campus Box 03, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Drive, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5414, (620) 341-5403; or by applying online at Graduate Admission Applications.

Upon completion of the application and fee to the graduate office you will be able to enroll in courses.

Financial Aid

  • Students applying to the Educational Administration program can be found eligibile for financial aid with a minimum of 4 credit hours for part-time graduate status or 6+ hours for full-time status.
  • Students interested in financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then coordinate with the Emporia State University Office of Financial Aid to ensure all requirements for eligibility are met.
  • Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information at 620-341-5457 or finaid@emporia.edu

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of college course work for those completing a masters degree or 3.0 on the last 30 graduate hours from a previously completed masters program.
  • Copy of state issued teaching license.
  • Official transcripts of all college work.
  • Two references from supervisors or individuals who have had the responsibility of evaluating your academic or professional performance.
  • Complete and pass the Department Essay.
  • Current Resume.
  • Statement of professional goals for school administration.
  • Complete the Disposition Form.

 All items are due to the Graduate School via email (gradinfo@emporia.edu) by the end of the first term you enrolled.

Additional Requirements

Satisfactory completion of admission requirements, all course work, and a comprehensive examination (completed in one of the final two semesters) are required to be eligible for graduation. Upon satisfactory completion of six credit hours and successful completion of all specified admission items, students will be admitted to candidacy. Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of a graduate degree.  Students shall continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better throughout the program. 

All work must be completed within a seven-year period. The seven-year period begins with the semester in which the first course applied to the degree was taken.   Students must follow the graduate degree procedures of the Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Emporia State University.

Transfer Credit (up to nine credit hours authorized): Any courses that are transferred in to fulfill degree requirements at ESU must be applicable toward a degree at the university from which they are taken. That university must be fully accredited. Workshops do not count. Before making any determination concerning transfer credits, ESU requires a transcript explanation, normally found on the back of official transcripts. All courses counted towards the degree must be completed within a 7 year period. University policy prohibits the transfer of courses where a grade of C or lower was obtained. For full rules and restrictions regarding transfer credit visit http://www.emporia.edu/regist/com/policy.html