Program Overview

Appalachian State University offers a Graduate Certificate in School Leadership program to individuals who hold a master’s degree in education, a current teaching license (in North Carolina) and have completed three years of classroom teaching. Graduates are prepared to meet the state requirements for principal licensure. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    • 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 
    • Have a North Carolina "A" or "M" teacher licensure or the equivalent from another state
    • Completed online application to graduate school
    • Resume
    • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian) 
    • Three references 
    • Writing sample
    • Application fee 


    This program meets the requirements for principal licensure in the state of North Carolina. Out-of-state students should consult their local agencies to determine whether this program meets licensure requirements. 

    School Overview

    Founded in 1899, Appalachian State University is part of the University of North Carolina System of Higher Learning. Recognized for its leadership in sustainability, the University commits to research, service, and global awareness. Academic opportunities provide students with more than 150 undergraduate and graduate program options.

    ASU also offers distance learning, including hybrid and entirely online degrees, designed with flexibility for professionals and nontraditional students.

    All of Appalachian's undergraduate distance education programs support upper division coursework only for students, requiring students to first complete the minimum lower division coursework from a regionally accredited school. Online bachelor completion degrees include fields in business, education, nursing, and human services. 

    Graduate online opportunities are available, extending from graduate certificates and master’s degree programs to education specialist programs. Studies include fields in education, business and healthcare.


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