St. Cloud State University

School of Education

Education Administration (Principal, Superintendent, Director of SPED, 6th Year Certificate)


St. Cloud State UniversitySchool of Graduate Studies720 Fourth Avenue South

Stewart Hall 257

Saint Cloud, MN 56301

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Education Administration (Principal, Superintendent, Director of SPED, 6th Year Certificate)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Educational Administration and Leadership graduate program offers a post-master's graduate certificate that can lead to three administrative licensures —

  • K-12 school principal
  • Special education director
  • Superintendent of schools

No matter which licensure you are pursuing, you will receive training in a core of professional leadership courses and academic experiences appropriate to your program. All three programs include coursework leading to eligibility for administrative licensure. Coursework is competency-based to meet Minnesota state requirements in licensure. 

Program Highlights

  • All three certificate programs are available on campus and at St. Cloud State at Plymouth.
  • Students may pursue multiple licenses at one time.
  • Coursework offered at weekdays, weekends and during the summer to accommodate working professionals.
  • Certificate completion in one year: 30 credit program.
  • Specialist students complete 36 credits and a research study to earn the Ed.S.
  • Twenty-seven credits of the Specialist degree can be completed at St. Cloud State at Plymouth and 9 credits of research are completed in St. Cloud.
  • Continue your education with a doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership.


National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education (NCATE) Minnesota Board of School Administrators

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999