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Administrator I Certification

Towson University offers coursework that meets the Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) licensure requirements for Administrator I certification. This certification, in addition to a master's degree, is a requirement for supervisors, assistant principals and principals. The Administrator I certification is not a degree conferred by Towson University. However, completion of the required courses for the certification will result in a stamp statement printed on the student’s transcript. Students must apply to MSDE for certification.

There are three ways to get the Administrator I Certification:

  1. Complete the master's degree in Human Resource Development - Educational Leadership Track to receive the Administrator I certification stamp statement on your transcript.

  2. Complete the 30-credit Organizational Change Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) to receive the Administrator I certification stamp statement on your transcript.

  3. Enroll in the Organizational Change Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) and complete only the following 6 required courses to receive the Administrator I certification stamp statement on your transcript.


Required Courses
ILPD 603   School Law (3)
ILPD 667   Curriculum and Assessment for School Leaders (3)
ILPD 716   Leadership of the Schools (3)
ILPD 740   Data-based Decision Making (3)
ILPD 781   Seminar in Supervision (3)
ILPD 797   Internship in Educational Leadership (3)

Candidates must take and pass the comprehensive examination in order to graduate from the program.  Students are strongly advised to register for the comprehensive examination before registering for the internship. A student may not complete or earn a grade in the internship without successfully passing the comprehensive examination.

Online Options and Timeframes

All courses for Administrator I certification are available online and may be completed in the following timeframes by students. Internship assignments that are part of the courses must be completed at an approved site in Maryland.

  • The 18 credits of required courses for Administrator I certification can be completed within a year.

  • The 36-credit master’s degree in Human Resource Development/Educational Leadership (with Administrator I certification) can be completed in 22 months. All courses are 7 weeks long.

Online courses for the Administrator I certification program are available only to residents of Maryland. .

Off-Campus Cohort Programs

The Administrator I Certification is also available at off-campus locations through school system partnerships offered by the Towson Learning Network.


Courses are taught by experienced faculty, many of whom have strong research agendas in education, professional development, assessment and leadership. Many still work in the field, sharing their leadership experiences with students. Our faculty members are superb advisers and mentors who help each student develop an individualized professional career plan.




Are you interested in pursuing a leadership role in the field of special education? Towson University’s partnership with Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE) Fellowship Program can help you reach your goal. Earn your Administrator I Certification through Towson University while participating in a year-long intensive fellowship that will immerse you in the fields of neuroscience, behavior science, and school law, as well as research methods and design.



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