Principal Fellows Program

The Online MSA program 

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program (PFP) provides a merit-based scholarship loan for individuals looking to enter school administration in a North Carolina public school by earning their Master of School Administration (MSA). Appalachian's online MSA focuses on entry-level, site- based school leadership, leading to initial North Carolina licensure in school administration.

Why Appalachian?

Appalachian's online Master of School Administration program is designed to get you prepared for the principalship in two years. Other highlights of our MSA degree include:

  • Courses taught by veteran school professionals
  • Focus on educational leadership theory and practical skills preparation
  • Spend two semesters engaged in supervised school-based internship
  • Study data-based analysis of real school issues and solutions
  • Learn to articulate, develop and implement a school vision that aligns with and supports district priorities

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