School Administrator Certificate and Endorsements

Students can complete required educational leadership courses from a state-approved university program and receive the K-12 Administrator Certificate and two “Basic” Endorsements (Principal or Central Office).

At WMU, you can obtain such certification and endorsements via several programs.

 K-12 Administrator Certification & Principal Endorsement

1)      MA in Educational Leadership

2)      Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (must already have a master’s degree in non-educational leadership field).

3)      Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (must already have a master’s degree in non-educational leadership field).

K-12 Administrator Certification & Central Office Endorsement

1)      Central Office Certificate Program

2)      Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (must already have a master’s degree in non-educational leadership field).

3)      Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (must already have a master’s degree in non-educational leadership field).

Note: within the Ed.S. & Ph.D. programs you could earn both endorsements, but only by taking at least six additional courses.

Please contact Dr. Brett Geier (email) if you have any questions.

Note:  Background Check—A recent (within the last two years) background check must be on file in the certification office before we can recommend you for certification. A Michigan iChat will meet this requirement. If you have any convictions, a Judgement of Sentence, Register of Action or Case History must also be on file in the certification office prior to a certification recommendation.

Learn more about becoming certified as an administrator by visiting Western Michigan University's Office of Teacher and Administrator Certification.

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