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Alternative Certification in School Administration Program



Certification: Educational Leader Certificate I


The Alternative Certification in School Administration is a state approved program that leads to eligibility for the Educational Leader Certificate Level 1, the credential required for principals in public schools in Louisiana.  The program provides practicing school educators with master degrees the opportunity to obtain the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to lead a P-12 school.  This rigorous program is aligned with the national ISLLC and ELCC standards. Students are involved in authentic activities required of principals. The Alternate Certification Program prepares students for success on the SLLA, the state licensure test.


The Alternative Administrative Program is generally completed with 21 credits (see courses below).  Courses are taught in a hybrid fashion with face-to-face and virtual meetings as well as online course work. The program can be completed in as few as four semesters and students generally meet a maximum of one night per week for courses work.


Courses Requirements

(3) ELRC 7432 Best Practices of School Leadership 1

(3) ELRC 7434 Best Practices of School Leadership 3

(3) ELRC 7435 Best Practices of School Leadership 4

(3) ELRC 7450 Supervision in Instruction                                  

(3) ELRC 7401 Administration of School Personnel

(3) ELRC 7404 Internship in Educational Administration

(3) ELRC 7422 Introduction to School Improvement/Action Research

*The successful completion of the SLLA is required for graduation.  There is an additional cost beyond LSU tuition and fees for this Educational Testing Service examination

       *Candidates without a graduate level research course must also take ELRC 4249



Educational Specialist Option


Those students who complete the above course requirements may obtain an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) by completing two additional courses from the four courses listed below and obtaining a minimum of 63 hours beyond the bachelor degree.

    • ELRC 4006: Introduction to Applied Statistics in Education (3)
    • ELRC 7006: Educational Statistics (4)
    • ELRC 7010: Principles of Testing and Measurement (3) 
    • ELRC 7220: Education Program Evaluation (3)
    • ELRC 7243: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3)
    • ELRC 7805: Perspective on Leadership (3)



Admission Requirements for the Alternate Certification in Administration Program

  1. Submit the online application.
    • The application fee is $50 for U.S. citizens & permanent residents, and $70 for all other applicants. You must pay the application fee when you submit your application. All major credit cards are accepted for payment of required fees.
  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution.
  2. A master degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution.
  3. Official sealed transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be sent electronically or mailed to:


Grad Online
101 LSU Union Building
PO Box 25416
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


  1. Official current GRE score.
    • Combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 297 (verbal: 153; quantitative: 144) is recommended
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.00 ("A"= 4.0) on last 60 hours of undergraduate work and a 3.00 GPA or better on any graduate work already completed. International applicants must have at least a 3.00 GPA, or equivalent, on all college-level work attempted.
  3. Evidence of the following:
    • Valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate or comparable level out-of-state teaching certificate
    • Current employment at a school or district
    • At least two (2) years of successful teaching experience in your area of certification
    • Evidence of leadership potential

You must submit documented evidence of one of the following items.


  1. Teacher of the Year nomination
  2. Mentor Teacher
  3. National Board Certification
  4. Presenter at local, state, or national conference or workshop
  5. Publication (does not include self-published material)
  6. Teacher Leader Endorsement
  7. Other: Instructional coach, grade level chair/department head, professional development coordinator, etc.


Note: If a nomination letter (below) details your experience in these other leadership position(s), you will not be required to submit any of the above items.


8. Nomination Letter
All applicants must submit a nomination letter from a current or past school administrator with whom the applicant has worked. The nomination letter must be on letterhead or from a professional email address, attesting to:

    • Your leadership potential, and
    • To at least two (2) years of successful teaching in your area of certification.

9. Recommendations
Two (2) additional letters of recommendation, on letterhead or from a professional email address, attesting to your leadership potential.



For more information about our Educational Leadership programs, please contact: 


Dana L. Bickmore