Principal Endorsement

As a principal, you play an essential role in developing and leading a school's vision for continuous learning and improvement.  The Midland M.Ed. Principal Endorsement will build upon the skills used in the classroom to help you gain an understanding of the types of decisions and leadership skills necessary to: 

  • Make a difference. Principals are a crucial part of hiring and developing effective staff who build positive relationships and collaborate with colleagues, families and communities.
  • Build systems. Reliable systems for keeping students from falling through the cracks, systems for helping teachers grow professionally, and systems for dealing with safety and ethical concerns is an important part of being a principal.
  • Advocate and Promote. Advocating for policies that promote equity and excellence in support of student's needs and the school's vision.

Curriculum Overview 

Students complete 18 credits (6 courses) in a general core curriculum during the first year of course work and an additional 18 credits (6 courses) within the chosen concentration in the second year.

Students can also complete an optional third year and complete the 18 credits in the other concentration to become MA + 18 on the salary schedule and qualified in both.

Core Curriculum - Year One (18 Credits)

Education Law and Governance (3 Credits)
Societal Frameworks in Education (3 Credits)
Transformational Leadership (3 Credits)
Continuous School Improvement (3 Credits)
Action Research and School Improvement (3 Credits)
Trends in Curriculum, Instructions, Assessment and Programming (3 Credits)


Principal Endorsement Certification Curriculum - Year Two (18 Credits)

Operational Leadership (3 Credits)
Strategic Leadership (3 Credits)
School-Based Experience and School Improvement Action Research (3 Credits)
Instructional Leadership for the Principal (3 Credits)
The Principal Internship (3 Credits)
School Improvement Action Research Project / Capstone (3 Credits)
Below is the curriculum plan for the 2-year program.  Download the printable version here.