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Graduate Certificate in School Leadership

Program Details

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

Career opportunities:

  • Assistant principal
  • Principal
  • Department chair


  • 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 

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


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.