Towson University's Educational Administrator I Post-baccalaureate Certificate meets
the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requirements for Administrator I certification.
The Administrator I certification, in addition to a master’s degree, is required in
Maryland for assistant principals and principals. Following completion of the Educational
Administrator I Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, students submit their stamped transcript
to the Maryland State Department of Education to receive the certificate.
The Educational Administrator I Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is a 6-course, 18 credit
program that includes the core courses required for the state of Maryland Administrator
- ILPD 603 Legal and Ethical Issues in Education
- ILPD 667 Curriculum & Assessment for Instructional Development
- ILPD 716 Leadership of the Schools
- ILPD 740 Evidence-Based Decision Making for Curriculum & Instruction
- ILPD 781 Seminar in Supervision
- ILPD 797 Internship in Instructional Leadership
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
This certificate program is designed for individuals who have completed a master’s
degree. View all admission requirements and deadlines.
All courses for the Educational Administrator I Post-Baccalaureate Certificate are available online. Internship assignments that are part of the courses must be
completed at an approved site in Maryland. Online courses for the Administrator I
certification program are available only to residents of Maryland.
The courses for the Educational Administrator I Post-Baccalaureate Certificate are offered on campus at Towson University as well as at Towson’s satellite campus
in Harford County.
Off-Campus Cohort Programs
The certificate program is available at off-campus locations across Maryland through
the Towson Learning Network. There is a separate application for programs offered
at reduced tuition rates to school system employees.
Courses are taught by experienced faculty, many of whom have strong research agendas
in education, professional development, assessment and leadership. Many still work
in the field, sharing their leadership experiences with students. Our faculty members
are superb advisers and mentors who help each student develop an individualized professional
All candidates must take and pass the comprehensive examination in order to graduate
from the program. Students are strongly advised to register for the comprehensive
examination before registering for the internship. Students may not complete or earn
a grade in the internship without successfully passing the comprehensive examination.