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K-12 Virtual School Administration

Graduate Certificate

The K-12 Virtual School Administration graduate certificate looks at online learning in non-traditional learning environments. In this graduate program, you will discover the financial, educational, and legal aspects of administering programs that teach K-12 learners in a virtual setting. This concentrated, 6-course online program is ideal if you currently have a master’s degree and seek additional coursework required to succeed as virtual school administrator. If you do not have a master’s in education, you might want to consider our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree, K-12 virtual school concentration.

NOTE: This program has specific admission requirements.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Software genres and their effect on student outcomes
  • Understanding financial statements and budgeting
  • Philanthropy in the U.S.
  • Effective fundraising programs for nonprofits
  • Tax implications and motivation for donors
  • Online learning for the adult learner
  • Ethics and legal issues in online learning
  • Intellectual property rights in online environments

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Prepare candidates for leadership and managerial positions in virtual school administration at the K-12 level.
  • Develop leadership skills to meet today’s secondary dual role of managing departments and performing everyday supervision and leadership duties as a school administrator.
  • Develop specific leadership skills relative to budgeting and financial management, handling legal issues relative to managing an athletic department, conflict resolution, and managing facilities.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, the following documentation is required for admission and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official bachelor’s or master’s transcript showing conferral of degree
  • Graduate writing sample
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)
  • Documentation of 3 years teaching experience or 3 years managerial experience in an instructional setting

An admission representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation including your transcript after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.