The Graduate Certificate in School Leadership at App State

Be the change you want to see. Become a school principal, transform schools to get the best from educators and improve learning outcomes for students.

Appalachian State University’s flexible, online Graduate Certificate in School Leadership program will prepare you to assume an educational leadership role by meeting the North Carolina state requirements for principal licensure.

Candidates must hold a master's degree in education (or a related field) from a regionally accredited institution and have completed three years of classroom teaching (or have experience in a related area such as media specialist, guidance counselor or technology facilitator). This is a 24 semester hour program and includes six hours of school-based internship courses.

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  • Assistant principal
  • Principal
  • Department chair

Certificate details

Program information

  • This program blends synchronous (set meeting times in an online classroom) and asynchronous (with coursework completed on your schedule) courses
  • Completion time: four semesters
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(Not every course listed may be delivered to App State Online students, but you will be offered all courses required for the degree.)

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

  • Meet Graduate School admission criteria
  • hold a master's degree with at least 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution
  • have at least three years of public school teaching experience or equivalent experience in other settings (e.g., private school teaching; training in the private sector; etc.)
  • have a North Carolina "A" or "M" teacher licensure or the equivalent from another state

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
  • Three references
  • Personal statement
  • Application fee

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification in North Carolina. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at App State at or 828-262-7559.

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