Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration online

Apply By: 8/2/24
Start Class: 8/19/24
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Program Overview

Prepare for building-level administrative licensure with the online Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration

$11,160* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
24 Credit Hours

Attain eligibility for the Indiana Content Standard for Educators: School Leader-Building Level licensure exam and ready yourself for leadership roles in P-12 school corporations and districts. This Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration Online builds on your knowledge and experience, empowering you to become an educational leader with the tools applicable in real-world education scenarios. Offered by the renowned Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education, this affordable certificate prepares you to become a principal, policymaker, instructional coordinator and more.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits the Teacher Education Department at the University of Southern Indiana. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through content and pedagogy, clinical partnerships and practice, candidate recruitment, progression and support, program impact, and quality assurance and continuous improvement.

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$11,160* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
24 Credit Hours

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This Post-Master’s Certificate – Ed Leadership is affordable

USI is committed to providing an outstanding education that also is affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

Tuition Breakdown

$465* Per Credit Unit
$11,160* Total Tuition

For more information about tuition, fees and other costs, visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance page.

*Tuition applicable for current start dates and is subject to change. Any questions regarding tuition should be directed to the Bursar's Office. If you step out of the program, returning to the program may have different tuition and fees applied.

Application Fee

Application fee: $40

Active military service members and veterans receive an admission fee waiver. Simply apply online and select the "military waiver" option, then contact our office at 800-467-1965 so we may submit the proper forms to Graduate Studies.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center by April 15th each year to be considered for state financial aid as well as federal financial aid. USI's Federal School Code is 001808. You will need an FSA ID to electronically sign your FASFA. If you do not have an FSA ID, you may create one at

Once you are admitted to the program and we receive your FAFSA, you can see the financial aid you qualify for and accept or decline your Direct Student Loan on your myUSI. For more information about tuition reimbursement or financial resources that may be available to you, visit our Student Financial Assistance page, access our Financial Aid FAQs, or contact us.

Student Financial Assistance Office

Local Phone: 812-464-1767
Toll Free Phone: 800-467-1965
Fax: 812-461-5305

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tuition Breakdown:

$465* Per Credit Hour
$11,160* Total Tuition


When classes begin, when tuition is due

Now is the time to start earning your Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration online and take the fast track to a more successful career. USI provides you with the convenience of an accelerated application-to-start calendar.

Now Enrolling

8/2/24 Next Application Due Date
8/19/24 Next Class Start Date
SessionCourse StartApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration Deadline
Fall I8/19/248/2/248/9/248/16/24
Fall II10/21/2410/4/2410/11/2410/18/24

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8/2/24 Next Application Deadline
8/19/24 Start Classes

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Application for this certificate is streamlined

The University of Southern Indiana's online Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

  • Master's Degree a completed master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • GMAT or GRE is not required

Admission Requirements:

  • A master’s degree (minimum cumulative GPA 3.0) from an accredited institution
  • A valid Indiana teaching license

Program Requirements:

  • Maintain an average GPA of 3.0 or higher at USI
  • Earn a grade C or better in all required courses in the program

Note: At the conclusion of the program, appropriate content tests are required prior to applying for building-level administrator license.

Application Procedures:

  1. Submit an online application, $40 application fee, and a list of 3 references (names, relation to you and email address). One must be an employment supervisor and the other two must be professional references.
  2. Upload a current resume/curriculum vitae to your application account. The file should be a PDF and use the following naming convention: First Name Last Name MSE resume.pdf (example: Joe Smith MSE resume.pdf).
  3. Submit transcripts to Graduate Studies.
    • Official transcripts are required only from the institution at which your highest degree was earned. Electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed from the previous institution to [email protected]
    • Unofficial transcripts from other institutions attended can be submitted via email by the applicant to [email protected]
    • Applicants who wish to seek transfer credit for graduate coursework must submit an official transcript from the institution where that work was completed.
    • Mailed transcripts can be sent to this address:
      Graduate Studies
      University of Southern Indiana
      8600 University Blvd.
      Evansville, IN 47712
  4. Read the full transcript policy by clicking here.
  5. International applicants may be required to submit additional information.


Explore the curriculum of this online program

To complete this Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration, students must take 8 core courses to complete 24 credit hours (and EDUC 680 needs to be taken 3 times).

Students must take all of the following courses (and EDUC 680 needs to be taken 3 times):

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to community-based educational theory as it relates to curriculum, instruction, and the overarching mission and vision of schools. Explores state and national standards, while examining day-to-day issues demanding leadership in schools.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An exploration of theory and practice related to school improvement.  The course includes a focus on school culture, stakeholder communication, and data-driven efforts that constitute models for improving schools as educational organizations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Identifies common themes in curricular development that apply across all levels. Examines curriculum and learning in relation to student achievement, school improvement, and educational leadership.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to explore the concept of equity within the P-12 educational context by exploring the relationship between culture and cognition. The neuroeducation research framework presents the importance of culturally responsive teaching and its impact on the brain. Throughout this course, students will learn how cultural awareness and responsiveness inform educational practices which promote equitable educational opportunities for diverse student populations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the legal framework affecting the organization and administration of public schools, including church-state issues, pupil rights, staff-student relationships, personnel, conditions of employment, teacher organizations, tort liability, school finance, and desegregation.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of school finance with particular attention to building level budgeting and accounting.  The course also focuses on building maintenance and renovation connected to technology, curriculum, and pedagogy.  Student well-being, in the form of effective emergency plans, is also a focus of the course.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to human resource management with a special emphasis on building-level employment dynamics, creating a positive workplace culture, effectively attending to personnel issues, and keeping a school focused on student learning.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Provides practical experience in the day-to-day activities of the building-level administrator. Intended as a synthesizing capstone for all prior educational leadership course work and field experiences. (Summer 7 weeks; Fall/Spring 16 weeks. One credit per time taken and must be taken 3 consecutive semesters for a total of 3 credit hours.)

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