The Graduate Studies Program in Administration is designed to equip teachers with the skills necessary to become a school administrator. Recipients of Providence College master's degrees in administration have gone on to become assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents, and superintendents.
All program course work is designed to provide the prospective administrator with an understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the supervisor's role. Students in the program take a central core of courses dealing with curriculum, evaluation, instruction, law, and finance. To this are added courses that deal with community concerns, technology, and research techniques. Students are also exposed to innovative governance structures and methods which will further their careers as school administrators. The program culminates with a six-credit internship which requires students to put into practice the theory they have been taught in their classes.
*Note that students can take up to 2 courses while their application is under review.
All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within a period of five calendar years from the time of admission. All teachers who successfully complete the program and pass the Praxis School Leaders Licensure assessment are eligible for certification in Rhode Island as a PK-12 Building Administrator. Successful completion of the program includes:
Completing all required coursework while maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA
Successfully completing and defending a performance assessment.
Passing the Praxis School Leaders Licensure assessment is a program completion requirement as well as a state certification requirement. For information regarding this assessment please click here.
This program has been designed to follow a developmental sequence. Therefore, students should complete all coursework in one strand before moving on to the next strand.
EDU 501- Fundamentals of Research
EDU 504- Supervision/Personnel Problems in Education
EDU 810- Data Analysis, Technology, and the Principal
EDU 505- School Law
EDU 508- Program Evaluation- System Approach to School Improvement
EDU 512- School-Community Relations
EDU 513- Supervision of Instruction
EDU 516- School Finance
EDU 522- The Administration of Leadership in the K-12 Schools
EDU 532- Curriculum Design and Construction
*EDU 530- Internship in Elementary Administration
* *EDU 536- Internship in Secondary Administration
(For a total of 36 credit hours)
*Required for elementary administration
**Required for secondary administration
Guidelines for Coursework Portfolio