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Administrator I Certification

McDaniel’s Administrator I Certification program prepares you for a career in school administration as an Assistant Principal or Instructional Supervisor in the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. This flexible program is available online.

Degree Types
Graduate Certificate
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Program Cost
$537 per credit
Total credits
Online (Hybrid available for School Partnership cohorts)

About The Program

Academic institutions need skilled, dynamic leaders who have the vision and drive to create learning communities where both students and staff learn and thrive. 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 18 credit hours. The internship may be completed in the school district in which one works.

How It Works

Once enrolled, you’ll study:

  • Role of the Principal
  • School Culture & Professional Capital
  • Leading School Improvement & Change
  • Monitoring and Aligning Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
  • School Law

Upon completion of the above and fulfillment of 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 Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

What You Need to Know About Admin I

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

Program & Course Details

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 Innovations in Teaching and Learning, an M.S. in Secondary Education, or an M.S. in Elementary Education 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 in Maryland and Pennsylvania:

  • Assistant Principal
  • Instructional Supervisor (Maryland Only)
  • Principal (with the passing of assessments required by each state)