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

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

*Submit an application.

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

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.

Graduate Certificate in School Leadership Program of Study

  • 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.

For information about the program, contact Dr Kimberly Money, Program Director at