Non-degree School Administrator Endorsement Program

    Program Overview

    The non-degree School Administrator Endorsement Program offered at the GSE provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge gained in their graduate studies to develop insight into actual administrative (superintendent, assistant superintendent) practice. Successful completion of the required coursework will lead to a New Jersey Department of Education Certificate of Eligibility as a 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 may include superintendent, assistant superintendent, and director. 

    This program does not lead to a degree of any kind. The 3-credit endorsement program is available only to individuals who hold a New Jersey Standard Principal Certificate or Principal Certificate of Eligibility. Applicants must also meet the prerequisite course requirements outlined in the program guide in order to be eligible for admittance into the program.

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Aug 15 / Dec 15

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring

    Program Level

    Non-degree

    Program Type

    Certificate

    Format

    On-Campus

    Credits

    3

  • What You’ll Learn

    The non-degree School Administrator Endorsement Program offered at the GSE provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge gained in their graduate studies to develop insight into actual administrative (superintendent, assistant superintendent) practice. Specific emphasis will be placed on the application of the New Jersey Standards for Administrators. Students are responsible for arranging an internship experience with a cooperating administrator (superintendent, assistant superintendent) within their home school district. A faculty supervisor then provides guidance and technical support.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements
    • 3 Graduate Course Credits: Internship in Educational Administration III 

    Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. After completing the program requirements, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE to notify them and to secure an application for the state endorsement. GSE personnel will then forward the completed application to Trenton along with a recommendation that the certification be awarded.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Successful completion of the required coursework in the non-degree School Administrator Endorsement Program will lead to a New Jersey Department of Education Certificate of Eligibility as a 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 may include superintendent, assistant superintendent, and director. 

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Photocopy or electronic copy of a New Jersey Standard Principal Certificate or Principal Certificate of Eligibility
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation
      • The letter of recommendation must be authored by the applicant’s current or previous school principal, on school district letterhead
    • Official Academic Transcripts 
    • Successful completion of 300 hours of  “Internship in Educational Administration I” (15:230:530) and “Internship in Educational Administration II” (15:230:531) at Rutgers Graduate School of Education or an academic equivalent from a New Jersey accredited college/university/state approved program

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet all requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education will not  refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

  • How to Apply

    Current Rutgers University Students:

    All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at academic.services@gse.rutgers.edu.

    Non-Rutgers University Students:

    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition

    Tuition:

    Click here for the New Brunswick Graduate tuition rates.

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