School Administration (Add-on Licensure)


NOW accepting applications for SUMMER 2014 & FALL 2014 semesters. 
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Program Description:

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The Add-on Licensure (AOL) Program is a non-degree program that prepares students to meet the North Carolina State Requirements for principal licensure.

Candidates must hold a master's degree in education (or a related field) from a regionally accredited institution and have completed three years of classroom teaching (or have experience in a related area such as media specialist, guidance counselor or technology facilitator). The 24 semester hour program includes 9 hours of school-based courses.

For a comprehensive overview of the Add-on Licensure Program, please:

Career Options:

This program prepares individuals for a school principalship at all levels of public school and leads to initial licensure as a school administrator in North Carolina.

Method of Delivery:

This program is a web-delivered program of study organized around cohorts.

A cohort is a group of students who begin, pursue, and finish the ASU-delivered course of study simultaneously.  Cohorts will only begin when there are a sufficient number of eligible students enrolled.

Proposed Cohorts:*

CountyLocationSemester StartApplication DeadlineInformation Session (ASU faculty and staff will be present to answer questions about the program and application process)
OnlineOnlineFallJuly 1No information session is scheduled at this time.  Check back soon!
SpringNovember 1
SummerApril 1

*You may also express interest in having the program delivered at other locations by completing this electronic form. Please be aware that expressions of interest are relayed to the academic departments where decisions are made about where programs will be offered.

Completion Time:

This program is designed to be completed in four semesters.  Two courses are offered in each cohort each semester (Fall, Spring & Summer).


Applicants must:

  • hold a Master's Degree with at least 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • have at least 3 years of successful licensed teaching experience or successful licensed experience in another related area of public school work (e.g. counseling, media specialist, etc.).
  • hold a valid license to teach and/or practice one of the other educational specialties in NC public school.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than ASU)
  • Three references
  • Writing sample
  • Application Fee

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.


Click here to access Graduate School application information, requirements, and the online application for admission.

Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline. If it appears to be too late to apply, please contact the Program Manager to discuss options.

State regulations may require all institutions of higher education (including Appalachian State) that deliver online instruction to students located within their borders to have written authorization to do so. If you reside outside of North Carolina and intend to apply to one of Appalachian’s ONLINE distance education programs, please notify the Program Manager.

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester.  If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (see below for contact info).

For information or questions related to the application process, please contact:

Program Manager
Ms. Lindsay Parker
Toll-Free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 7334
Direct Phone: 828-262-7334
Fax: 828-265-8673

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Roma Angel
Toll-free Phone:  800-355-4084, x 2109
Direct Phone:  828-262-2109

Add-On Teacher Licensure Programs
Parker, Lindsay