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Administrator I Certification

McDaniel’s Administrator I Certification program prepares you for a career as a Supervisor in Instruction and Assistant Principal in the state of Maryland, or to become a Principal in the state of Pennsylvania. This flexible program can be completed online or in-person.

Degree Types
Graduate Certificate
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Program Cost
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About The Program

Academic institutions need skilled, dynamic leaders to set objectives and drive toward goals. At McDaniel College, our Administrator I Certification program will prepare you for these opportunities. Designed for educators who want to advance their careers, the Administrator I program:

  • Is available 100% online, as well as in districts throughout Maryland where students benefit from a local cohort
  • Consists of five courses and an internship for a total of 19 credit hours (the internship may be completed in the school district in which one works).

How It Works

Once enrolled, you’ll study:

  • The Role of the Principal
  • Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel
  • Monitoring and Aligning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • School Law
  • School Leadership in the Twenty-first Century

At the completion of the above course sequence and fulfilling the internship requirement, you will be eligible to apply to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the Administrator I Certificate. Note that Certification is the domain of the .

Requirements for Administrator I Certification

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Application for graduate study
  • Transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Transcripts verifying completion of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Special Opportunities

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Transfer Your Courses

Once you complete the Administrator I program, you’ll have the option to transfer all of the courses in this certificate to an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction as an area of specialization.

Certification and Reputation

McDaniel’s Administrator I program has been evaluated at the state and national level to ensure you’ll get great value and lasting degree equity. Our program is:

  • Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • “Nationally Recognized”—a status granted by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
  • Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Higher Education Council (MHEC)
  • Aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL)

Advancing Your Career

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be qualified for the following career paths:

  • Assistant Principal (Maryland and Pennsylvania)
  • Principal (Maryland and Pennsylvania)
  • Supervisor (Maryland)
  • Supervisor with five years experience on a valid subject matter certificate (Pennsylvania).
  • Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction K – 12 (Pennsylvania)