This degree qualifies you for an Alabama Class A professional educator certification in instructional leadership and prepares you to serve as an instructional administrator and leader in a K-12 setting. Our program focuses on collaboration, student learning, and achievement. Using a cohort format co-taught by experienced leaders and university faculty, you will engage in a sequential, developmental, and comprehensive preparation program. We offer regular opportunities to integrate theory and practice.

Master's student cohorts are admitted annually in the summer semester. Applicants should submit completed application packets before March 1 for summer admission. Applications past the deadline will be considered if space allows or in consultation with program faculty. 

Degree Overview


Instructional Leadership Courses – 27 HRS

  • Principal Leadership

  • Action Research & Data Analysis

  • Leadership & the Learning Organization

  • Planning and Continuous Improvement

  • Instructional & Curricular Leadership

  • Educational Finance & Resource Management

  • Educational Systems & Communities

  • Legal & Ethical Issues

  • Supervision and Personnel Issues in Education

Internship – 3 HRS

Each student must complete 6 hrs of internship.  These hours are distributed across four semesters.

Additional Courses – 0-3 hours

Advanced Survey of Exceptionality (required if not previously taken)

View all course requirements

Ellen Hahn, Program Coordinator

Administrative Certification

You need to know:

  • You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test.

  • Effective for candidates unconditionally admitted July 1, 2017 and after, a minimum GPA of 3.25 will be required on all courses used to meet master’s-level certification program requirements.

  • You must complete an administrative certification application sent from Professional Education Services.

Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 06/13/2024