The school administration program prepares school service personnel for leadership roles in PK-12 school administration. Specialized courses foster development of the analytic and scientific inquiry skills needed by school administrators- including management, public relations, curriculum development and supervision.
Courses provide the background for certification in a wide range of administrative positions. Schools accredited by North Central Association (NCA) require at least 45 hours of graduate credit (including a master's degree) for a principalship. These requirements may be completed at Northern State University. Admission to the leadership and administration program requires one year of full-time PK-12 teaching experience in an accredited school. Three years of verified teaching experience is required for licensure in South Dakota.
Career directions: public and private school administration, graduate study.