The Administrator 1 Certification program at McDaniel College prepares students for careers as Supervisors in Instruction and Assistant Principals in the state of Maryland, as required by the MSDE. It also qualifies students to become principals in the state of Pennsylvania, as required by the PDE. Effective principals, assistant principals, and school leaders are critical to advancing America's schools. Academic institutions need skilled, dynamic leaders to establish and drive objectives and goals. At McDaniel College, our Administrator 1 Certification program will prepare you for these opportunities.
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Earn your Admin 1 certification requirements online, on campus, and at select school districts throughout Maryland!
The Admin 1 certification program is available 100% online, as well as at centers throughout Maryland where students benefit from local cohorts. The program consists of five courses and an internship for a total of 19 credit hours. One must hold a master’s degree to apply and qualify for entrance into the program. The internship (240 hours) may be completed in the school district in which one works. Students who have received graduate-level credit through a regionally accredited institution for courses found within the Administrator I curriculum may request their transcripts be reviewed for Academic Advanced Standing.
You’ll benefit from:
- A local Professional Learning Community
- The diversified means of course delivery
- Flexible course design, allowing for the customization of changing education needs
- Experienced instructors
- Accessible advising
- Learning from your peers
Applying to the Admin 1 Program
The only requirements for admission are a completed application for graduate study, the nonrefundable application fee, and transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate and master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year, but the college recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll. Courses are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. You can learn more about our enrollment dates here!
Course of Study
Once enrolled, students 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, students will be eligible to apply to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the Administrator I Certificate. Learn more now!
• Become certified as an administrator I in Maryland or Pennsylvania without going through a second master’s program
• Highly applicable content – apply what you’re learning in our classroom in your school.
• Flexible scheduling and a variety of delivery methods to fit your busy life (face-to-face, hybrid, online offerings).
• Small class sizes ensure personal attention from faculty.
• Partnerships with local school systems and faculty who are school leaders in those systems make a program relevant and responsible to local concerns.
• Candidates are supported through ongoing and easily accessible advising.
• Highly competitive tuition rate.
• Completed application for graduate study
• Submit the non-refundable application fee
• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate and master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
According to Maryland Code, to be eligible for the Administrator I Certificate, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
• Have a master’s degree from an accredited academic institution and hold a valid Maryland Teaching Certificate;
• Twenty-seven months of satisfactory teaching performance or satisfactory performance as a specialist as defined in COMAR 13A.12.04.
• Complete 19 graduate credits as listed below:
ADM 501 Introduction to Educational Administration (3 credits)
CUR 509 Monitoring and Aligning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3 credits)
PSI 527 School Law (3 credits)
ADM 504 Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel (3 credits)
ADM 505 School Leadership in the Twenty-first Century (3 credits)
ADM 552 Internship in Educational (4 Credits)
If you complete any of these required courses at another institution, you must request an "Administrator I or II Evaluation for Certification" form be completed by MSDE or your local Certification Office. A copy of this form must be on file prior to the start of an Internship.
At the completion of the above course sequence, the student will be eligible to apply to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the Administrator I Certificate. The McDaniel College transcript will reflect completion of the required courses. The transcript will NOT carry the seal for completion of an approved program of study as this is a credit count approach to certification.
Certification is the domain of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
Applicants seeking certification in Pennsylvania, consult the Out-of-State-Prepared requirements published by PDF.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
• 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).
Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.
Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1
These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.
Note: Cohort courses are subject to alternate schedules. Please contact Andrea Selivan at email@example.com or 410-871-3340.
Westminster – Main McDaniel Campus
Some courses are available online. Check Archway or contact Leslie Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 386-4627 to learn more.
AACC at Arundel Mills
Counties with cohort agreements:
Anne Arundel County
1. What is a cohort?
Students in a cohort complete each course in the program together in the same sequence. Cohort members begin their studies together and complete the program together.
This innovative approach to graduate education allows for cooperative learning throughout the program and facilitates the development of teamwork, interpersonal skills, and important professional networks.
Counties with cohort agreements include:
Anne Arundel County
2. Is there a GPA requirement?
There is no GPA requirement for admittance into the program. However, the grade of B or better must be achieved in each of the first three courses taken in order to continue in the program.
3. Is a master’s degree required?
Yes, if you do not currently hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution you may want to consider our M.S. in Educational Administration program. That program grants both an M.S. and certification.