Enhance your career prospects while growing as an administrator.

If you have been thinking about taking your career as an educator in a new direction, or perhaps you want to take on an education administration role for your school or district, then you need an online certificate program that will help you do just that — like the Administrative Certification and Endorsement programs at University of the Cumberlands. 

At Cumberlands, all of our school administrator education, and administrative certification programs are designed to accommodate educators who aspire to work in an administrative or content-specific role. These Kentucky-based online education administrative certifications provide practitioners with the knowledge, experience, and dispositions needed to guide schools and communities into the future.

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$101,320

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$10.4K

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Online Education Administrative Certifications and Endorsements

To help you enhance your career prospects, Cumberlands offers a number of Administrative Certification and Endorsement programs. The programs range in credit hours but can be completed in as few as twelve months. Our administrative certification online courses in education cover a number of administrative and content-specific roles, all leading toward additional certifications and increased job potential. Our education certification programs in Kentucky are offered in an online format to help working educators balance their busy lives and schedules. The courses are offered throughout the year in six (6) eight-week terms, with the opportunity to begin at any time.

Graduate credit may be transferred from an accredited institution of higher learning and applied to a certification program provided such credit meets the appropriate graduate degree requirements of University of the Cumberlands.

Course Requirements

This is an administrative P-12 certification.

ADOL 630 Introduction to Educational Administration

ADOL 631 School Program Improvement

ADOL 632 Human Resource Management

ADOL 641 School System Administration

SPOL 530 Characteristics, Identification, and Instruction of Students with Disabilities

ADOL 667 Practicum: Director of Pupil Personnel

  • ADOL 630 Introduction to Educational Administration
  • ADOL 632* Human Resource Management & Supervision
  • ADOL 636 School Law I
  • SPOL 632* Consultation and Collaboration for Curriculum Design
  • SPOL 636 Advanced Assessment Strategies and Prescriptive Writing
  • ADOL 668 Practicum: Director of Special Education**

*Course requires Field/Clinical Experience Hours
**To be completed after all other courses

This is an administrative P-12 certification.

ADOL 644 Introduction to District Leadership

ADOL 672 School Administration and Regulation

ADOL 671 Instructional Leadership: School Superintendent

ADOL 669 Professional Clinical Experience: Administrative Superintendent

This is an administrative P-12 certification.

ADOL 630 Introduction to Educational Administration

ADOL 631 School Program Improvement

ADOL 632 Human Resource Management and Supervision

ADOL 636 School Law I

ADOL 639 The Supervisor

ADOL 665 Practicum: Supervisor of Instruction

Certification

Certification is the process in which a candidate is recommended for licensure and/or rank change. Upon completion of a degree, certification, or rank change program, it is the responsibility of the candidate to submit the appropriate certification paperwork to the Certification Office. University of the Cumberlands can only submit a recommendation for certification and/or rank change completed through this institution.

Applications for teacher certification/rank change should be turned in to the appropriate certification specialist no earlier than three weeks prior to program completion. Applications for certification/rank change are processed upon verification of successful completion of required assessments and receipt of the candidate’s official transcript verifying completion of the program.

Contact information:
Ms. Melissa Evans
melissa.evans [at] ucumberlands.edu (melissa[dot]evans[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu)

Ms. Lisa Jones
606.539.4648
lisa.jones [at] ucumberlands.edu (lisa[dot]jones[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu)

Ms. Kim White
606.539.4525
kim.white [at] ucumberlands.edu (kim[dot]white[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu)

Certification Office
7792 College Station Drive
Williamsburg KY 40769
Fax: (606) 539-4014

Check Status of CA1
Once an application is processed by the UC Certification Office, candidates may check the status of their CA1 application by logging on to the EPSB website at www.epsb.ky.gov and accessing "View my Application History".

 

Certification Submisstion

Kentucky
Click here to view certification submission details for the state of Kentucky. 

Out of State
It is the responsibility of the candidate to check with their home state regarding certification requirements. If a state licensure application requires verification of degree/certification completion, the application/verification form may be sent directly to the Certification Office. Please be certain to provide your full name, UC student ID number, phone number, and email address in the event that additional information is needed.

Reciprocity

Certification is provided for the state of Kentucky through the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), however, certification can transfer to all states through reciprocity. The map below displays the states that have an Interstate Reciprocity Agreement in place with Kentucky; some, not necessarily all certifications will be accepted. 

The interstate agreement, arranged by NASDTEC, is a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual "agreement" is a statement by that state or jurisdiction outlining which other states' educator certificates will be accepted by that state.

Such an "acceptance" agreement means that the "receiving" state will issue some form of authorization allowing the inbound certificate holder to legally teach or provide service in the receiving state, provided the license issued by the "sending" state is acceptable under the agreement. This authorization may be limited in time by the receiving state, and the receiving state may impose additional requirements which need to be accomplished before the educator can teach or practice after the end of the time limit.

The Interstate Agreement is not a collection of 2-way agreements of reciprocal acceptance. For example, although Georgia affirms with its agreement that it will accept certificates from Connecticut, this acceptance in no way implies that Connecticut will accept Georgia certificates. Also the agreement does not necessarily indicate "full" reciprocity. The educator may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state. Candidates working out-of-state should contact their state’s certification office for reciprocity eligibility and details.

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Mid-Point Assessment

You will be working with staff in the School of Education to make sure you are on track. UC offers a variety of programs in education so certain requirements do not apply to everyone. It is important to review your specific Plan Program/Curriculum Contract to know what is required of you.

The School of Education has provided a list of items you are required to have turned in by the time you complete your program. The list can be seen on your MyUC account located under the “Student Tab”. The list appears in red and will show the item(s) that are past due. Please do not be alarmed when you see this, it is a computer glitch and you need not worry. We are simply letting you know what is still needed from you at this point, as well as, what will be required of you to complete the program. It is our hope that you will have a smooth transition when you exit your program.

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Mission & Goals

The mission of the education administrative certification and endorsement program is to provide current educators the knowledge, experience, and dispositions needed to guide schools and communities into the future.

Apply practical tools to improve school programs.

Build robust leadership skills.

Understand the interpersonal, office, and legal responsibilities of administrative roles in schools.

Strengthen skills in research, problem solving, and communication.

Develop beneficial skills in supervising/directing.

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Education Administrative Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

School Principal: $98,420

School Principal: $98,420

Elementary, middle, and high school principals oversee all school operations, including daily school activities.

College Administrator: $96,910

College Administrator: $96,910

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities.

School Administrator: $101,320

School Administrator: $101,320

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools.

Childcare Administrator: $49,690

Childcare Administrator: $49,690

Plan, direct, or coordinate academic or nonacademic activities of preschools or childcare centers and programs, including before- and after-school care.

Instructional Coordinator: $63,740

Instructional Coordinator: $63,740

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, implement it, and assess its effectiveness.

Top Executive: $98,980

Top Executive: $98,980

Top executives plan strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals.

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Common Questions

An education administration certification is a tool to help you achieve your career goals. Aside from the boost it provides your CV, it also helps you develop the tools you’ll need to succeed in leadership roles in your school and your school district.

University of the Cumberlands' online education administration certification programs can equip you to pursue opportunities as a school administrator, district-wide teaching leader, superintendent, instructional supervisor, and more. 

In short, an education administration certification or endorsement is an investment in your future that can pay off in the long run with new career opportunities, better learning environments, more student success, and a more fulfilling educational career path for you. So, yes, these online programs are definitely “worth it.”

Depending on the specific online certification and endorsement program you take, you will be equipped for success in a number of education leadership positions. At University of the Cumberlands, we provide career-building programs for educators online in an environment that imparts a breadth of information, an understanding of critical concepts, and a mastery of skills to support a lifelong pursuit of educational leadership excellence. 

The courses are offered throughout the year in six (6) eight-week terms, with the opportunity to begin at any time. The programs range in credit hours but can all be completed in as few as twelve months (one year). Graduate credit may be transferred from an accredited institution of higher learning and applied to a certification program provided such credit meets the appropriate graduate degree requirements of University of the Cumberlands.

Each course lasts eight weeks, called a bi-term. There are two bi-terms per semester, and three semesters per year (fall, spring, and summer). Many classes are asynchronous, meaning there is no set login time; you can work on schoolwork whenever you find time. Cumberlands provides free rental textbooks to online students as part of its One Price Promise. 

You will be working with staff in the School of Education to make sure you are on track. UC offers a variety of programs in education so certain requirements do not apply to everyone. It is important to review your specific Plan Program/Curriculum Contract to know what is required of you.

The School of Education has provided a list of items you are required to have turned in by the time you complete your program. The list can be seen on your MyUC account located under the “Student Tab”. The list appears in red and will show the item(s) that are past due. Please do not be alarmed when you see this, it is a computer glitch and you need not worry. We are simply letting you know what is still needed from you at this point, as well as, what will be required of you to complete the program. It is our hope that you will have a smooth transition when you exit your program.

Yes! University of the Cumberlands' School of Education is accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) and has national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level and advanced-level. UC’s School of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

For more information:

KDE/EPSB – State Accreditation
University of the Cumberlands' School of Education is further accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601. (502) 564-4606. Fax: (502) 564-7080.

CAEP – National Accreditation
The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands (UC) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level and advanced-level.  CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.  UC’s School of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.
 
CAEP Address: 1140 19th St NW #400, Washington, DC 20036
CAEP Phone Number: (202) 223-0077

Certification & Reciprocity for Education Programs

Learn more about the certification process for Cumberlands education programs.

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Dr. Teresa Wallace

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Dr. Teresa Wallace

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