Department of Educational Studies & Leadership

Administrator I Certification Coursework

The Educational Administration Administrator I Certification Program housed in the College of Education is a Maryland State Department of Education and CAEP approved and fully accredited program offering courses in administration and supervision. The program is designed to meet the needs of persons desiring to become administrators in the State of Maryland and who possess a master’s degree in education. Candidates in the program complete 19 credit hours of graduate study, as stated by the Code of Maryland Regulation 13A.12.04 B requirements for Administrator I certification.

The program prepares candidates to be effective educational leaders at the building level and fosters academic rigor in a collaborative, personalized learning environment. The program demands quality in academics; encourages reflection; and supports the development of personal and interpersonal skills. Research on teaching, learning and technology applications are embedded and emphasized throughout the program to enhance candidate knowledge and skills. NELP (National Educational Leadership Preparation-Building Level) and PSEL (Professional Standards for Educational Leaders) and ISTE (International Standards for Technology Education Leaders) drive the School Administration and Supervision Certification I Program's goals, objectives, and mission. NOTE: Completing the 19-credit hour program qualifies candidates for certification from the Maryland State Department of Education. This certification is only recognized in the State of Maryland.

Program Features

  1. A Maryland State Department of Education and CAEP approved and fully accredited program in administration and supervision.
  2. Personalized learning environment
  3. Experience-based professional faculty
  4. Highly competitive tuition rate

Program and Certification Requirements

The program is offered to those graduate students who have:

  1. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance or satisfactory performance as a specialist as defined by COMAR 13A.12.03; and
  3. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current supervisor attesting to the applicant’s leadership ability.

The program at Bowie State University consists of 19 semester hours of graduate coursework* in administration and supervision as required by the Code of Maryland Regulation 13A.12.03.

The courses are:

ESAS 722 - School Administration: 3 credit hours

ESAS 727 - School Law: 3 credit hours

ESAS 731 - Curriculum Design; 3 credit hours

ESAS 757 - Clinical Supervision: 3 credit hours

PSYC 739 - School Finance: 3 credit hours

ESAS 855/858 - Practicum/Internship: 4 credit hours/2

Practicum I in Administration and Supervision -

Practicum II in Administration and Supervision -

*COMAR requires 12 semester hours of the total hours required to be taken at the same institution and BSU limits transfer of cedi into the program to a maximum of 6 credit hours.


Dr. Ann Hilliard, Program Director