Administrator I Course Offerings
The office of Continuing Education offers 6 courses for teachers to meet requirements for the Administrator I certification in Maryland. Upon completion of the following six requirements, students may submit transcript documentation to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to seek Maryland Administrator I certification. We encourage all students wishing to use the six courses for Admin I certification to have them approved by MSDE or their respective certification office. The Trinity transcript will reflect the completion of the respective courses; the transcript will not indicate completion of a degree or a certification program.
- Courses that meet Admin I requirements
- Educational Administration Internship Information
- Administrator I Course Descriptions
- Frequently Asked Questions
- EDU 945 Curriculum Development
- EDU 856A Legal Issues in Education
- EDU 680A Leadership for the 21st Century
- EDU 790A Organization and Leadership of Schools through Administration
- EDU 597A Supervision and Professional Development in a K-12 Setting
- EDU 890A Educational Administration Internship
To qualify for the final internship course, participants must be teachers with three or more years of teaching experience and a master’s degree from an accredited university in addition to the courses above. An approved MSDE evaluation showing all requirements for Admin I Certification in Maryland have been met (except for the internship/practicum requirement) is also required to qualify for the final internship course.
The internship is based on the PSEL standards which are school based standards and required by MSDE. Applicants in positions that are not school based may still be accepted, but will need access to a school in order to successfully complete all internship requirements.
Please read the information below for all requirements to apply for this special opportunity.
Fall 2021 Semester Internship Course Offerings and Deadline – TBD
- Master’s degree from an accredited university
- MD State Teaching Certificate – If you are not currently or have never taught in MD, you will need to initial next to this item in your application to indicate your understanding that this internship was designed to meet MD requirements only.
- Statement of Purpose (for becoming an administrator):In 500 – 1,000 words, please explain why or how this internship will assist you in meeting your professional goals and share how your previous experience will contribute to the program.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Completed On-Site School Mentor Form – available within the application file and to be completed by the on-site mentor
- Letter of Recommendation from chosen On-Site Mentor
- Approved evaluation (from MSDE) showing all requirements for Admin I Certification have been met except for the internship requirement. (Not necessary if all five pre-requisite courses were taken at Trinity. Students are responsible for ensuring all certification requirements have been met prior to applying to the internship.)
- Complete all five prerequisite courses. At least two of the five courses must be taken at Trinity. One of the two courses must be a leadership or supervision course (EDU 597A, EDU 680A, EDU 790A).
- Transcripts for required courses taken outside of Trinity with a GPA of 3.0 for all graduate level course work. Trinity transcripts do not need to be submitted.
After application requirements have been evaluated, students with complete applications will be contacted in the order by which they have been received, until the respective EDU 890A course(s) fills. Students will then be expected to pay the tuition** in full upon notification from the Office of Continuing Education.
** Tuition for EDU 890A is $1060.
EDU 945 Curriculum Development This course introduces students to the principles of curriculum theory and development. Attention is given to current practices and curriculum reform movements.
EDU 856A Legal Issues in Education This course highlights major legal issues affecting teachers and administrators. Emphasis is placed upon legal issues such as negligence, desegregation, rights and responsibilities of teachers, academic freedom, students’ rights, and school attendance. This class is highly interactive with discussions, simulations, and case studies.
EDU 680A Leadership for the 21st Century This course explores the critical issues in school leadership for the 21st century. This class focuses on leadership skills; technology for teachers, students and administrators; alternative methods of student assessment; demographics of future population; and parent/community expectations.
EDU 790A Organization and Leadership of Schools through Administration This course will define the many aspects of an administrator’s influence and impact on a school environment. Participants will examine how factors of teacher assessment and development, academic advancement, as well as how school and community outreach play a part in a school’s overall success. Students will develop strategic planning skills to evaluate the organization of a school community’s relationships and responsibilities and how they correlate with pupil achievement. Participants will explore the role of staff professional development.
EDU 597A Supervision and Professional Development in a K-12 Setting This course will focus on instruction paradigms and clinical supervision techniques. Strategies for supervision methods will be modeled to include professional communication skills in convening parent meetings as well as evaluating teacher performance, creating improvement plans and developing professional learning communities. Participants will develop and present a plan to apply methodology of real life scenarios.
EDU 890A Educational Administration Internship** This course is designed to accompany an internship within a K-12 school setting and partner with an experienced on site administrator. The course is intended to guide participants throughout their practicum experience by incorporating administrative practices throughout their internship that were explored in the administrative courses leading up to the internship. This course will have class meetings at the start, middle and end of their experience to allow students to integrate the support, consultation and inspiration of their university supervisor as well as their peers. In compliance with the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL), the course will include two hundred forty hours of performance-based administrative experience in the field over a six month period.
** Tuition for EDU 890A is $1060. This course is worth 6 graduate level credits.
How do I apply for the Admin I Certification Program through Continuing Education?
We offer all courses necessary for Admin I in Maryland, however, this is not a certification program. You will not receive the certification from Trinity. Upon completion of the following six requirements, students may submit transcript documentation to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to seek Maryland Administrator I certification. We encourage all students wishing to use the six courses for Admin I certification to have them approved by MSDE or their respective certification office. The Trinity transcript will reflect the completion of the respective courses; the transcript will not indicate completion of a degree or a certification program.
Can I transfer the Admin I courses I have already taken to Trinity?
No, but you may still use them toward the certification and take your remaining courses with Trinity. Only two of the five prerequisite courses must be taken at Trinity in order to be eligible for the internship. One of those courses must be a leadership or supervision course (EDU 597A, EDU 680A, or EDU 790A). An MSDE evaluation showing the acceptance of any courses taken outside of Trinity will need to be submitted with the internship application.
I took all five prerequisite courses at Trinity. Do I have to submit an MSDE evaluation with my internship application?
No, but you should still look into getting one. There are requirements beyond coursework and it is important for you to know if you will meet all of those requirements upon completion of the internship.
How do I get an evaluation from MSDE?
Contact your local certification office or MSDE. You will need to submit transcripts of any completed coursework.
Is there a specific order in which I should take the five prerequisite courses?
No, the order of these courses is not important. You must make sure to finish your coursework prior to applying for the internship course.
When should I finish my coursework in order to apply for the internship?
The internship course is only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. The Fall Internship generally starts in late September and the Spring Internship Generally starts in Late January. There is an application process with a deadline and all five prerequisite courses must be complete prior to applying. Deadline and application information is updated on this page per semester when available.
Fall internship – Applications are due in early September. Complete coursework no later than the end of July. In general the second online session in the summer will not end in time for a fall internship application.
Spring internship – Applications are due in late December. Fall courses should end in time to submit your application by the due date, but it is recommended to get coursework done by the end of summer or early fall.
Applications for the internship are only reviewed when complete and on a first come first serve basis. Complete coursework early and submit your application early. Do not wait for the application due date! Space is limited!
What is the format of the internship course?
The internship meets on four Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Trinity starting in the fall or spring semester. Attendance to class meetings is mandatory. There is online instruction through Moodle as well.