K-12 Administration and Leadership

K-12 Administration and Leadership

The K-12 Administration and Leadership Certificate examines developmentally effective strategies in managing a positive learning environment within the framework of today’s’ diverse early childhood population. Strategies to promote school and community cooperation and partnering are explored, as are methods of effectively communicating with multiethnic students, parents, teachers and other staff. Students also examine research-based models for ensuring school effectiveness, accountability and continuous quality improvement.

Graduate Certificate in K-12 Administration and Leadership
12 Credits
Admission Requirements

A qualified student, who wishes to enter United States University to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate Status. The College of Education requires a GPA of 2.5 for admission to Graduate Certificate Status and official transcripts must be submitted. Completing a Graduate Certificate Application is required. Credits acquired through this certificate may be transferred to the Master of Arts in Education at USU.  Certificates will be awarded upon the student’s application for the certificate once they have successfully completed the course requirements.

Program Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (Cumulative GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a standard 4.0 scale) at the end of each semester.

Completion Time

2 semesters/4 months*

*Dependent on course load


MAE 551 Managing Organizational Culture: Elementary, Middle and Secondary School Organization

In this course the modern U.S. K-12 School is thoroughly examined as is the role of the principal in fostering a school culture and ethic supportive of continuously improving curriculum, instruction, and student achievement. Students are also introduced to theoretical administrative organizational foundations of management and leadership of educational programs and institutions. Prerequisites: None

MAE 555 Leading for Assessment & Accountability

In this course students will examine research-based models for ensuring school effectiveness, accountability, and continuous quality improvement. Considered are norm-referenced and criterion-referenced testing, standardized test score interpretation, data mining, data analysis, data reporting, and using data-based decision making to improve student achievement. California’s system of school accountability and grading is studied. Prerequisites: None

MAE 557 Leading School Communities in a Pluralistic Society

In this course strategies to promote school and community cooperation and partnering are examined, as are methods of effectively communicating with multiethnic students, parents, teachers, and other staff. Best practices for managing and effectively using school advisory committees will be examined and leadership and advocacy skills will be developed. Prerequisites: None

MAE 561 Leading for Learning and Development of the School Community

This course focuses upon research-based, practical approaches for leading, managing, and evaluating the training and development function in organizations. It explores the role of training and development in achieving individual and organizational goals, as well as strategies and resources used in effective personnel development. Students analyze how to: develop, manage and evaluate the training function; identify strategies and resources for effective training management; and diagnose how the organization’s culture and needs affect the selection and success of training management efforts. Prerequisites: None