Educational Administrator I Graduate Certificate

Towson University’s 100% online Educational Administrator I Graduate 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 Graduate Certificate, students submit their stamped transcript to the Maryland State Department of Education to receive the certificate. 

Certificate Requirements

The Educational Administrator I Graduate Certificate is a 6-course, 18 credit program that includes the core courses required for the state of Maryland Administrator I certification. 

  • 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  

View degree requirements and course descriptions for the program in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

This certificate program is designed for individuals who have completed a master’s degree. View all admission requirements and deadlines

Online Options

All courses for the Educational Administrator I Graduate 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.

In-Person Options

The courses for the Educational Administrator I Graduate 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 career plan.

Comprehensive Examination

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. 

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