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Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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Faculty Coordinator: 
Suzanne Klein, Ph.D.
480C Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3142

Program Coordinator:
Donna Rich
430D Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4170

Central Office Administration

Program Overview
Oakland University’s standards-based Central Office Administration Program reflects the best of what we know about preparing Central Office Leaders for the task of elevating learning in today’s schools. Using the design model of an Executive School Leadership Academy, candidates will proceed through the 12-month, 24-credit program as a cohort. To accommodate busy practitioners, courses will follow a hybrid format with monthly Saturday classes and weekly online discussion. The required internship experience, designed as a complement to formal coursework, will begin the first semester and continue throughout the program. Using state and national leadership standards as a guide, Oakland University’s Central Office program of study will strive to balance the explanatory power of theory with the relevance of practice. For interested candidates, the program is further designed to allow for a smooth transition into either Doctoral program (Ed.D. or Ph.D.). Download the Program Course Sequence.

Distinguishing Features
  • Standards-based curriculum emphasizing leadership for instructional transformation.
  • Active, problem-based instructional strategies that blend theory with practice.
  • Carefully matched internship with expert supervision.
  • Cohort group that supports ongoing opportunities for collaboration and teamwork.
  • Hybrid programming that combines intensive Saturday classes with online discussion and reflection. 
Coursework that Elevates Student Learning
The Oakland University Central Office Administration Program is designed to meet state and national standards for the preparation, licensure and ongoing assessment of central office administrators. These standards include leader dispositions, as well as the knowledge and skill considered to be foundational to effective leadership practice. Central to these standards is a steadfast commitment to holding high expectations for all students’ learning.

See catalog Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in Central Office Administration
  • MA degree in education or related field      
  • Personal statement        
  • (2) letters of recommendation       
  • Interview with the selection team (optional) 
Candidate applications will be reviewed by the selection team, consisting of 3 program faculty and 2 field-based mentors. Personal interviews may be requested by the selection team to finalize cohort membership. 

Note: Admission to either the EdS or PhD program will require additional admittance to that program. 
Hybrid Program: Meets one Saturday per month on the campus of Oakland University, with additional content held online.
Oakland County
Oakland University - Main Campus
Rochester, MI  48309
How to
For registration/application questions, please contact the program coordinator:

Donna Rich, Administrative Project Coordinator
(248) 370-4170 phone  |   (248) 370-4961 fax
If you have specific questions regarding the program, then please contact:
Dr. Suzanne Klein
Faculty Coordinator
(248) 370-3142