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Graduate Certificate in School Administration – Indiana Licensure

Are you ready to work as a school administrator and make a greater impact in education? If you are looking for an Indiana licensure program, the Graduate Certificate in School Administration program at Indiana Wesleyan University was designed for you. Discover how IWU helps students achieve their professional goals in a flexible, faith-based learning environment. In less than two years, you can prepare for a school administrator career, through a 100% online learning format.

Why Pursue My Graduate Certificate in School Administration at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your school building leader administrator certificate online at IWU. Each course is taught by experienced faculty who are experts in the topics they teach. We also provide a full system of student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this school administration certificate program. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. We also lock in the rate of your tuition once you start taking classes. This eliminates the worry of unexpected cost increases once you begin learning.

What Will I Learn in This Graduate Certificate in School Administration Program?

This Graduate Certificate in School Administration program is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in administrative roles while serving as role models for ethical leadership to students and staff. Course materials are delivered through virtual reality, video discussion, concept maps, demo videos, and other tech-driven applications. Course topics cover instructional leadership, ethical leadership, relational leadership, and more. The program concludes with two internships to provide first-hand experience applying leadership principles.  

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

18 Credit Hours


$499/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This Graduate Certificate in School Administration Program

Coursework for your online graduate certificate in school administration covers how to:

  • Facilitate school synergy through a collaborative vision and a culture of continuous improvement
  • Leverage school operations, manage resources, and provide a safe learning environment for student growth and achievement
  • Apply Christ-like leadership principles that elevate your success and the success of your staff and students

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Career Technical Education
  • School Principal

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

The admission requirements for the School Administration Certificate (Indiana) program are as follows:

  • Have completed a master's degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The degree must be verified on official transcripts and sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in graduate level courses.
  • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school in which the principal is willing to serve as a mentor for the internship phase of the program. Submission of a completed internship agreement with a building principal will be required prior to the start of the internship phase.
  • Hold an initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner Instructional or School Counselor license. (Non-licensure candidates may have a private, state, international, ACSI, or charter school license).
  • Have two years of full-time teaching experience on one of the licenses listed above in an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school in the United States or abroad.

*Please note that in keeping with Indiana Department of Education licensure policy, experience gained by a teacher holding only an Emergency Permit, Provisional Permit, Transition to Teaching Permit, Career Specialist Permit, Charter School License, Substitute Permit, or Workplace Specialist II license is not acceptable as licenses of these types do not meet the prerequisite license requirements.

  • Obtain recommendations from two school leaders (superintendent, principal, or assistant principal) who are qualified to judge the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions in relation to pursuing the Graduate Certificate Program and/or a Building Level Administrator’s license. (Non-licensure candidates may acquire letters from school, church, or mission leaders.)
  • Submit a signed School of Integrated Learning and Development FERPA release form.

  • Successfully complete the SA curriculum.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Satisfy admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

Indiana Candidates - Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate School Administration program meets the academic requirements for recommendation for licensure. Additionally, candidates must complete other requirements of the Indiana Department of Education before a principal’s license will be issued, including receiving a passing score on the related state assessment test, evidence of at least two years teaching or work experience as a teacher or school counselor on one of the following license types: initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner instructional or School Counselor license.

Ohio Candidates - Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate School Administration program meets the academic requirements for recommendation for licensure. Additionally, candidates must complete other requirements of the state of Ohio before the appropriate PK-6, 4-9, or 5-12 principal’s license will be issued, including receiving a passing score on the related state assessment test.

Other Candidates – Applicants who seek administrative licensure in states other than Ohio bear the responsibility to determine whether completion of the IWU Graduate Certificate School Administration program will meet the academic and assessment requirements of the state in which licensure is sought.

Field Experience Requirements

All SA candidates must complete two three-credit hour internships, six credits total, over an eight-month period with a qualified, onsite mentor. Candidates should anticipate paying additional clinical experience fees during EDL 612 and EDL 625 to remunerate the services of a mentor.

All candidates must secure a principal-mentor for each internship course at the school in which they are currently leading or teaching. The mentor administrator must have a principal's license and be able to attend scheduled video conferences with the internship professor. The principal-mentor will work with the candidate throughout each course.  

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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

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