May 23, 2024  
2023-24 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2023-24 NSU Graduate Catalog

School Administration Certificate

Location(s): Online, Tahlequah, Broken Arrow

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OSRHE Program Code: 003
CIP Code: 130401

Certificate Code: 3040

  • 3060 - Certification only - Principal
  • 3070 - Certification only - Superintendent


Specialty Accreditation

NSU’s educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP),, (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, 202-223-0077), and/or the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-522-5399),

Credential Requirements

All candidates seeking certification need to take the state certification test for school administration at the completion of the program. There are fees associated with certification testing which is administered by an outside agency under contract with the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. NSU’s Education Certification office can assist with information regarding university recommendation for certification.  If seeking certification in any state other than Oklahoma, it is recommended that individuals contact the appropriate State Department for guidelines so they can be built into the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Explore the various roles of a building administrator through applying the skills candidates learn in their courses to their current employment.
  2. Illustrate an understanding of the role of school administrators from a systems thinking process by examining the numerous variables in place within an effective school system.
  3. Through various assignments, evaluate and reflect upon their current system based upon best practices and consider changes as needed.
  4. Think critically about the change process in a school system and how to effectively implement change to increase student achievement by identifying barriers to change and applying best practices to overcome those barriers.
  5. Obtain licensure for either building (principal) or district (superintendent) level administrator.

Admission and Retention

Students must be admitted to the Graduate College. To progress and complete the steps for certification, students must provide evidence of the following:

  1. Evidence of Master’s degree (Transcript from issuing educational institution, provided when applying to the Graduate College)
  2. Evidence of relevant work experience (Company letter, job description, or resume if applicable)
  3. Evidence of passing certification tests if attempted (Official Certification Test Results)

Certification program must be completed within a time-frame of three (3) years. Students who fail to complete the program within the three-year time-frame forfeit their right to renew their alternative administrative certificate.

Principal Certification - 24 hours (3060)

Certification Only - Principal

In addition to the items listed above, students must satisfy the following course requirements for NSU’s recommendation to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for a School Administration for Principal certificate.

Superintendent Certification - 12 hours (3070)

Certification Only - Superintendent

Students who seek a School Administration - Superintendent’s certificate must meet one of these criteria.

  1. Passed the principal’s certificate courses (or hold a transcript with equivalent courses), OR
  2. Hold an Oklahoma principal’s certificate, OR
  3. Hold a reciprocal state principal’s certificate.

If the student meets these requirements, NSU can transcript the superintendent’s certificate once the individual successfully completes the four superintendent courses below needed for NSU’s recommendation to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for a School Administration for Superintendent certificate.

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