Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, Principal program at Andrews University is designed to prepare post-baccalaureate and post-graduate students who wish to enhance their overall administrative skills, primarily in an educational capacity. Applicants to the program are typically teachers interested in moving towards an educational administration role, principals of various levels of schools, supervisors of instruction, and school superintendents, among others.

As this is a non-degree program, the curriculum may benefit those with a degree in another related or unrelated discipline that wish to strengthen their resumes and transcripts. This program may also serve as an entryway for students that wish to take some graduate level coursework before or instead of committing to a graduate degree program. The credits earned through this program may be transferred into the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program at Andrews University.

In order to complete this program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 18 hours of credit from courses that satisfy a range of requirements. Of that total, five to seven hours come from work in School Administration, three from the area of School Law, three from Curriculum, two to three from Supervision, and two to three from School Finance. In the main section of School Administration, students take two introductory courses in educational leadership, an Introduction to Leadership and Foundations of Educational Leadership. As Andrews is a Christian university, the instruction of the program is enshrouded in a Christian perspective, as evidenced by the required Leadership for Seventh-day Adventist Education course.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants must have a four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S., with a minimum overall 2.6 GPA on all undergraduate work

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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