Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (GCSL): Building-level Educational Leadership/New Add-on Licensure Program

*Submit an application.

Students who apply to the Graduate Certificate must submit a writing sample (GCSL Questionnaire [PDF, 87 KB]) along with the application.

The Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (GCSL)  prepares students to meet the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requirements for principal licensure (012).

Graduate Certificate in School Leadership Program of Study (Beginning Fall 2014)

  • LSA 5030 The Principalship (must take first) (3)
  • LSA 5820 Theory & Development in Educational Organizations (3)
  • LSA 5910/5900 School-based Action Research Leadership Evidences or School Administration and Supervision Internship/ Practicum (2 semesters) (6)
  • LSA 5400 Developing and Managing Resources in Schools (3)
  • RES 5080 Data-Driven School Leadership (3)
  • RES 5070 School-Based Evaluation & School Improvement Planning (3)
  • LSA 5600 School Law (3)

Total: 24 semester hours

100% Online Program with syncrhonous and asynchronous classes.

GCSL Principal Licensure Program of Study (DOCX, 339 KB)


Applicants for the graduate certificate must:

  • Hold a master's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Have at least three years of successful teaching experience or successful experience in a related area of public school work (e.g. counseling, media specialist, instructional technology, etc.);
  • Hold a valid license to teach and/or practice one of the other educational specialties in NC public schools; and
  • Apply for admission and be accepted into the ASU Graduate School;
  • *Note: GRE scores are waived for the GCSL (add-on licensure program) and are not required for admission.

For information about the program, contact Dr. Barbara Howard, Director of Educational and School Administration Programs at or Dr Precious Mudiwa, Advisor at