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Add-On Licensure
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Add-On Licensure for K-12 School Administration

The Add-on Licensure program for School Administration is designed to provide those students holding a Master's degree in education and a class "M" or equivalent license an opportunity to be eligible for licensure as a principal. This program is also aligned with the North Carolina Executive Leader Standards and concludes with a Standards-based Program Portfolio. 

The program consists of 22 semester hours; 15 semester hours in educational leadership content and related course work at the 600 level and 7 semester hours (475 clock hours) of internship. The program covers the executive leader standards adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction with an emphasis upon the following areas:  

  • Community involvement and engagement
  • Having a positive impact on student learning
  • Organizational management
  • School culture and safety
  • School improvement
  • Teacher empowerment and leadership  

What Is Required?

To earn your add-on license, you must complete a minimum of 22 semester hours in courses such as teacher leadership, principalship, school finance, and school law. A 25-hour field experience and internships totaling 475 contact hours will provide you the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to real school settings. You will then compile all that you learn and experience into an Executive Leader standards-based portfolio.

You will receive email notifications regarding updates to your admission status and may also login to the graduate application portal at any time to check the status of your admission throughout the process.

Program Structure


Year 1

Two 5-week terms/10-week internship

  • EDLD 620: School Finance & Budget* (5 weeks)
  • EDLD 694: Internship I* (10 weeks)

Two 8-week terms/16-week internship

  • EDLD 605: Developing and Demonstrating Teacher Leadership (8 weeks)
  • EDLD 610: The Principalship – Part I (8 weeks)
  • EDLD 695: Internship II* (16 weeks)

Two 8-week terms/16-week internship

  • EDLD 615: The Principalship – Part II (8 weeks)
  • EDLD 630: School Law (8 weeks)
  • EDLD 696: Internship III* (16 weeks)
  • EDLD 697: Program Portfolio (16 weeks)


Tuition 2023-2024

Add-On Licensure - $440/credit hour


  • EDLD 620: School Finance & Budget* 
  • EDLD 694: Internship I 
  • EDLD 605: Developing & Demonstrating Teacher Leadership

  • EDLD 610: The Principalship - Part I

  • EDLD 695: Internship II 

  • EDLD 615: The Principalship - Part II

  • EDLD 630: School Law 

  • EDLD 696: Internship III 

  • EDLD 697: Program Portfolio 

Total: 22 Credit Hours
*Requires 25-hour field experience

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“One of my favorite things about getting my master’s and doing the add-on administrative licensure program at Wingate was collaborating with administrators from different schools. We got to learn from superintendents and assistant superintendents from neighboring districts and to hear how things are done differently in each one. That challenged us to think about what we’re doing and how we can get better. It was great to hear varied perspectives from my peers and from faculty. In my teacher leadership class, I was taught by a principal who went on to become the state principal of the year.”Ashley Melton, principal of Morehead City Primary School, Class of 2007 (MA) and 2014 (add-on licensure)


Mayra Rosales
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