Endorsement Program for School Administrator

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Administration
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Certificate


This program allows the student to take coursework that leads to New Jersey Department of Education Certificate of Eligibility as School Administrator. The School Administrator Endorsement authorizes the holder to be employed in any position that involves services as a district-level administrator in public schools in grades preschool through grade 12. Positions include superintendent, assistant superintendent, and director. The program does not lead to a degree of any kind.


All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online.

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted. Applications are due two weeks before the beginning of the next semester. Students are admitted throughout the year for this non-degree program.

Program Requirements

Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • A photocopy or electronic copy of a New Jersey Standard Principal Certificate or Principal Certificate of Eligibility.
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant's current or previous school principal on school district letterhead.
  • Successful completion of 150 internship hours in 15:230:530 "Internship in Educational Administration I" and 150 internship hours in 15:230:531 "Internship in Educational Administration II" at Rutgers Graduate School of Education or an academic equivalent from a New Jersey accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this program, please contact Marie Pavelchak.


Please note that this endorsement program is not a degree-seeking program, and does not culminate in a degree of any sort.


If you have general questions about this program or need any assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services by email, by phone at 848-932-3232, or simply drop by our office for assistance.