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School Administration and Counseling

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School of Education
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Location: Education Building
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msa in School Administration

Dr. Larry Mabe Director:
Dr. Larry Mabe
, Clinical Professor
Department of School Administration and Counseling
Office: Education Center, Room 306
Phone: 910.775.4293

Prospective students should email the Graduate Office at or visit the website at


Program Description:

The thirty-nine (39) semester hour Master of School Administration is designed to prepare administrative leaders for the system of elementary, middle, and high schools. The Master of School Administration leads to licensure in school administration.

The conceptual framework of this program is built around five domains, which provide the program structure and purpose. The five domains are as follows:

1. Strategic leadership–training leaders to think strategically, reflecting and communicating about current educational issues and identifying and using strategic problem solving and decision-making skills.

2. Instructional leadership–preparing administrator to take a leadership role defining, refining, and implementing the schooling process; developing learning centered school improvement and leadership skills.

3. Organizational leadership–equipping administrator with skills, abilities, and values to work productively within the organization; addressing ethical and societal aspects of leadership.

4. Political leadership–preparing administrator to interact collaboratively with the various publics; investigating politics and legal aspects of education.

5. Managerial leadership–preparing administrator to respond effectively, efficiently, and in a timely manner to the multiplicity of factors involved in the operation of schools; developing an understanding of, and practicing the application of, school based management skills.

Problem-based learning, practice experiences, and ongoing assessment are key features of this program of study.

Program-Specific Admission Requirement:

A minimum of three years teaching experience is required for admission.


Applicants must have completed three years of teaching prior to admission to the program. Those who are currently in their third year may apply, but no courses can be taken until the third academic year of experience is concluded. Two recommendations must be submitted by current administrators; both should be familiar with your teaching, one of them must be the current building principal. If the principal changes after you submit your application, please update your application and request an additional recommendation from the new principal.

Application Deadline for MSA Degree and Add-On Licensure:

Fall - July 1

Spring - November 1

Summer- April 1



Updated: August 8, 2011


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