The Program Course of Study for the Master of School Administration (MSA) degree is designed to educate and prepare a new cadre of twenty-first century school leaders who have the capacity, skills, knowledge, and dispositions to create educational environments that promote learning, value diversity, and respond to diverse cultural contexts. The vision of the MSA program is to prepare 21st Century school leaders who can engage school communities in meaningful ways to positively affect the achievement of students from diverse cultural contexts and from marginalized populations.
The underlying premise of the MSA program is to provide candidates with the expertise needed to understand diverse perspectives that contribute to educational problems locally, nationally, and globally. The comprehensive framework for the program provides the skills, knowledge, and dispositions for candidates' preparation as school leaders. The MSA program provides a rigorous curriculum intended to develop responsive school leaders to transform schools in marginalized communities in North Carolina and beyond. The School of Education's 45 semester-hour MSA Degree Program involves 30 hours in the major (8 content courses and two research courses), 3 hours of an elective, and 12 hours in a field-based, full-time or part-time, internship, and seminar. In the Department of Educational Leadership prospective graduate students with a master degree program in an education related field also have the option of a Second Degree MSA Program and a Licensure-Only Program.
The MSA program at NCCU is guided by standards and competencies of the State Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards of School Leaders (ISLLC), Educational Leaders Constituent Council (ELCC), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the mission of North Carolina Central University and the School of Education.