The Specialist in Education Educational Leadership (Administrative Certification) prepares school leaders for a leadership position in the K-12 environment. This program will equip candidates to become change agents for positively impacting students’ lives socially, emotionally, and academically. Flexible course offerings allow this program to meet the needs of full-time working professionals. Classes are designed to help prepare students to be successful on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA).

Program Overview


This program is 30 hours and can be completed in four trimesters or 12 months.

Delivery Method

Instruction in the program is delivered in an online/virtual format. Each trimester students will take two or three classes. Two classes are 100% online and one of the classes will meet virtually three Saturday mornings per trimester. Each candidate will earn 300 internship hours through specific Embedded assignments throughout the four trimesters. William Carey uses Canvas as the learning management system for online coursework that is perfect for the working student who wants to take their education to the next level.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

Prospective students must:

Complete an online application & pay application fee

Submit official transcripts to Graduate Admissions via eScript or mailed from the institution

Hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.25+

Provide two references from past or current supervisors

Hold and provide a copy of a standard five-year teaching license

Provide documentation verifying at least three years of teaching experience

Submit a 1-2 page scholarly narrative of your personal philosophy of educational leadership


WCU Box #3 | 710 William Carey Parkway | Hattiesburg, MS 39401  |    (601) 318 - 6600


19640 Highway 67 | Biloxi, MS 39532  |    (601) 318 - 6600