Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership offers three degree programs and two licensure-only programs to prepare individuals for positions as educational leaders. The degree programs include the Master of School Administration (MSA); Educational Specialist (EdS); and Doctor of Education (EdD). The North Carolina licensure only programs include the Principal License and the Supervision License.

Program Area Internship Internship Course Number Description of Internship Average Annual
# of Interns*
Contact Person
Master of School Administration Internship in Management (3) Part-time students LEED 6921 This course is part 1 of 4 (one semester) for part-time candidates of the internship experience. This course provides significant opportunities for candidates to develop and refine their management skills in the day to day environment of a K-12 school. This internship experience provides the time for candidates to apply theory and knowledge about school leadership learned in the classroom. Intern candidates engage in on-the-job learning opportunities that develop and refine their leadership skills as they contribute to the total school program. An intern must be directly involved in the many diverse activities a principal encounters on a daily basis. An intern is expected to examine the overall school vision, become immersed in the school’s improvement process, and make a significant contribution to this vision and process as he/she refines his/her leadership skills. 50 Dr. Marjorie Ringler, MSA Program Coordinator
Master of School Administration Internship in Leadership (3) Part-time students LEED 6922 This course is part 2 of 4 (one semester) for part-time candidates of the internship experience. This course provides significant opportunities for candidates to develop and refine their leadership skills in the day to day environment of a K-12 school. This internship experience provides the time for candidates to apply theory and knowledge about school leadership learned in the classroom. Intern candidates engage in on-the-job learning opportunities that develop and refine their leadership skills as they contribute to the total school program. An intern must be directly involved in the many diverse activities a principal encounters on a daily basis. An intern is expected to examine the overall school vision, become immersed in the school’s improvement process, and make a significant contribution to this vision and process as he/she refines his/her leadership skills. 50 Dr. Marjorie Ringler, MSA Program Coordinator
Master of School Administration Internship in Management and Leadership (4) Part-time students LEED 6924 This course is part 3 of 4 (one semester) for part-time candidates of the internship experience. This course provides significant opportunities for candidates to develop and refine their management and leadership skills in the day to day environment of a K-12 school. This internship experience provides the time for candidates to apply theory and knowledge about school leadership learned in their MSA courses. Intern candidates engage in on-the-job learning opportunities that develop and refine their leadership skills as they contribute to the total school program. An intern must be directly involved in the many diverse activities a principal encounters on a daily basis. An intern is expected to examine the overall school vision, become immersed in the school’s improvement process, and make a significant contribution to this vision and process as he/she refines his/her leadership skills. 50 Dr. Marjorie Ringler, MSA Program Coordinator
Master of School Administration Internship in Management, Leadership, and Supervision (5) Part-time students LEED 6925 This course 4 of a 4 (one semester) for part-time candidates of the internship experience. This course provides significant opportunities for candidates to develop and refine their management, leadership, and supervision skills in the day to day environment of a K-12 school with a focus on instructional supervision at the school and district levels. An intern must be directly involved in the many diverse activities a principal encounters on a daily basis. An intern is expected to examine the overall school vision, become immersed in the school’s improvement process, and make a significant contribution to this vision and process as he/she refines his/her leadership skills. 50 Dr. Marjorie Ringler, MSA Program Coordinator
Master of School Administration Internship in Management and Leadership (6) Full-time students LEED 6926 This course is part 1 of 2 (one semester) for full-time candidates of the internship experience. This course provides significant opportunities for candidates to develop and refine their management and leadership skills in the day to day environment of a K-12 school. This internship experience provides the time for candidates to apply theory and knowledge about school leadership learned in the classroom. Intern candidates engage in on-the-job learning opportunities that develop and refine their leadership skills as they contribute to the total school program. An intern must be directly involved in the many diverse activities a principal encounters on a daily basis. An intern is expected to examine the overall school vision, become immersed in the school’s improvement process, and make a significant contribution to this vision and process as he/she refines his/her leadership skills. 10 Dr. Marjorie Ringler, MSA Program Coordinator
Master of School Administration Internship in Management, Leadership, and Supervision (9) Full-time students LEED 6929 This course is part 2 of 2 courses (one semester) for full-time candidates of the internship experiences. This course provides significant opportunities for candidates to develop and refine their management, leadership and supervision skills in the day to day environment of a K-12 school with a focus on instructional supervision at the school and district levels. An intern must be directly involved in the many diverse activities a principal encounters on a daily basis. An intern is expected to examine the overall school vision, become immersed in the school’s improvement process, and make a significant contribution to this vision and process as he/she refines his/her leadership skills. 10 Dr. Marjorie Ringler, MSA Program Coordinator
Educational Specialist Educational Leadership Internship I LEED 7991 This course is part 1 of 2 (one semester) for part-time candidates in the internship experience. Candidates are responsible for continuing learning and for documenting of their mastery of knowledge and skills contained in the North Carolina Executive Standards and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards. This work will be a continuation of work done during earlier courses in which LEA (Local Educational Agency) challenges were identified and plans developed to address them. The internship provides additional opportunities to work with those plans as well as develop additional plans under the direction of a university and LEA supervisor. The state and national Standards for district level leadership will continue to guide the intern’s work. Candidates are expected to documented additional learning opportunities, to continue to work with district leaders, and to spend time working on authentic district level challenges. This course will focus on the first half of the state and national standards and provides opportunities for interns to work with LEA leaders to continue planning and implement plans to address LEA needs. 12 Dr. Kermit Buckner, EdS Program Coordinator
Educational Specialist Educational Leadership Internship II LEED 7993 This course is part 2 of 2 (one semester) for part-time candidates in the internship experience. Candidates continue their learning and documentation of their mastery of knowledge and skills contained in the North Carolina Executive Standards and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards. They will continue to work on LEA challenges identified and plans developed to address them in earlier course work. Candidates well continue to work under the direction of a university and LEA supervisor. The state and national Standards for district level leadership will continue to guide the intern’s work. Candidates are expected to continue to document additional learning opportunities, to continue to work with district leaders, and to spend time working on authentic district level challenges. This course will focus on the second half of the state and national standards and provide opportunities for interns to continue to work with LEA leaders to planning and implement plans to address LEA needs. 10 Dr. Kermit Buckner, EdS Program Coordinator
Educational Doctorate Doctoral Internship in Leadership Practicum LEED 8991 This course is part 1 of 2 (one semester) for part-time candidates in the internship experience. Candidates participate in an advanced internship that will enable students to engage in a series of structured and supervised field experiences. The internship provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills of leadership while being supervised and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel. This work is focused on the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents and the national standards for district level leadership (Educational Leadership Constituents Council — ELCC). 15 Jim McDowelle, EdD Program Coordinator
Educational Doctorate Doctoral Internship in Research Practicum LEED 8992 This course is part 2 of 2 (one semester) for part-time candidates in the internship experience. Candidates participate in an advanced internship that will enable students to engage in a series of structured and supervised field experiences. The internship provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills of leadership while being supervised and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel. This work is focused on the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents and the national standards for district level leadership (Educational Leadership Constituents Council — ELCC). 15 Jim McDowelle, EdD Program Coordinator