Department of Organizational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2730

Educational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480D
(248) 370-3070
fax: (248) 370-4605

Human Resource Development

Pawley Hall, Room 475E
(248) 370-4109
fax: (248) 370-4095

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C. Suzanne Klein
Central Office Program Coordinator
480C Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3142

Ann Marie Lindstrom
Office Assistant II
480D Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3070

Central Office Certification

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.

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Oakland University - Main Campus
Rochester, MI  48309
How to

If you have specific questions regarding the program, then please contact:
Dr. Suzanne Klein
Faculty Coordinator
(248) 370-3142

Step 1: Create a Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) account

Visit the Center for Educational Performance and Information website and follow the links on the screen to create a MEIS account. MEIS will send a user ID, password, and account number to the email address you provided when you followed the links to create an account.

Step 2: Register with MOECS

Once you have established a MEIS ID, please visit the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) website, and on the login screen, sign in with your MEIS user ID and password and follow the steps to self-register with MOECS. On the registration page, you will be asked to provide the MEIS account number that was sent to you via e-mail in Step 1.

Step 3: Apply for your new certificate in MOECS

Once you have signed in with MOECS successfully, you will first be asked to complete demographic information. Once you save it, you will see links on the left navigation panel. Choose the link that pertains to your new certificate and follow the steps to apply for your new certificate. In this application process, be sure to identify Oakland University as your institution.

Step 4: Apply for recommendation

Step 5: Pay MDE’s fee online

Once your application in MOECS has been approved, you will receive an e-mail with a link for you to pay MDE’s fee online using a credit/debit card. If you do not receive the e-mail, you can still pay the fee by logging into MOECS using your user ID and password.

Step 6: Await your new certificate

Once you pay the fee, the Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) at MDE will approve your new certificate.

If your program results in a university issued degree or certificate, you will also apply to Oakland for your degree or certificate to be awarded. Please contact Graduate Education or the Department of Organizational Leadership should you have questions regarding this process.

If you have trouble with the registration process, please contact the OPPS at (517) 373-3310 or read the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the MOECS website for assistance.