Department of
School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

Educational Administration District-Level Certification Program

Emporia State University’s District-Level Certification is an 18-hour program intended for individuals currently licensed at the building level for educational administration. Classes are available online during the summer semester only and the practicum is offered online during the fall and spring semesters. All coursework must be successfully completed before starting practicum.


Unless previous graduate credit has been approved and / or specific courses waived, courses for the District-Level Certification program are:


Div # Course Title Hours  Availability
EA 941 Business Administration in School Leadership  3 Offered Summer Only     
EA 984 Education Buildings & Facilities  3 Offered Summer Only
EA 986 District School Leadership  3 Offered Summer Only
EA 942 Leadership of Special Programs  3 Offered Summer Only
EA 997 District Practicum I: Fall  3 Offered Fall Only
EA 998 District Practicum II: Spring  3 Offered Spring Only
Total Hours 18

All coursework is to be completed prior to the practicum.

Visit our course catalog online at for coursework details.

Admission to Graduate Studies

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

Admission Requirements

Students must follow the graduate degree procedures of the Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education and the Graduate School at Emporia State University. The criteria for unconditional admission include the following:

  • We no longer require the GRE or MAT exam!
  • GPA of 3.0 on the last 30 graduate hours from a previously completed masters program.
  • Copy of building-level administration license.
  • Official transcript verifying masters degree.*
  • Evidence of one year accredited experience in a certified position (three years in content area required for certification) verified by the supervising administrator on the Reference Form.
  • Two references from supervisors or individuals who have had the responsibility of evaluating applicant’s academic or professional performance.
  • Complete and pass the Department Essay.
  • Current resume.
  • Complete the Disposition Form.

The above requirements must be successfully completed before starting practicum in order to be released from probation and admitted unconditionally into the program.

* For Kansas District Leadership License: All official transcripts for graduate level coursework must be sent to the Graduate Office at ESU. These transcripts are essential for the ESU campus licensure to review and ensure the candidate has earned the 60 graduate hours required for district licensure endorsement. The 18-hours required for the district level certification do count towards the 60 required by the state of Kansas for licensure eligibility. While the 60 graduate hours are required for district level licensure endorsement, they are not a requirement for program completion at ESU. If you have any questions in this regard, you can contact our Licensure Officer, Andra Baldwin, via email or call her directly at 620-341-5412.

For all other states, please check with the corresponding Department of Education.

Financial Aid

Students applying to the Educational Administration program can be found eligible 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)(ESU code = 001927) and then coordinate with the Office of Financial Aid at ESU to ensure all requirements for eligibility are met. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information at (620) 341-5457 or

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. Students shall continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better throughout the program.  Failure to do so can result in instatement of probationary status or dismissal from the program.

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

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