College of Education

NC Principal Fellows

The Principal Fellows Track is a competitive, merit‐based scholarship loan program that is funded by the North Carolina General Assembly. The NC Principal Fellows Program assists selected individuals to prepare for a career in school administration (i.e., assistant principal or principal). Each scholarship loan will provide funding for two years to support students who enroll in and complete a full‐time, two‐year master’s degree program in school administration at one of the participating institutions of the University of North Carolina system.

Recipients of the scholarship loan must be willing to practice at an approved site in North Carolina as a full-time administrator for two years for each year of funding (four years) or repay in cash. The North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission is responsible for the administration of the Principal Fellows Program. For additional information, visit:

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree, at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of study and be unconditionally admitted to a school administration program. Additionally, applicants shall have completed no more than two courses toward the MSA degree and have had a minimum of four (4) years of successful teaching experience, or other relevant experience. The application deadline is in January of each year for admission in the following fall.

The Principal Fellows Track is 36 credit hours, which requires 18 hours in the major (6 content courses), and 18 hours in a field-based, full-time internship and seminar that is completed in 24 months. The field-based internship MUST be completed during the fall and spring semesters.

MSA 765 School Finance

MSA 774 Curriculum Leadership & Assesment

MSA 778 School Principalship

9 Hours

MSA 770 Action Research for School Administration

MSA 771 Diversity Issues and Community Relations

MSA 776 Educational Law

9 Hours

MSAL 784 Internship Supervision I

MSAL 789 Internship Seminar I

9 Hours

MSAL 785 Internship Supervision II

MSAL 792 Internship Seminar II

9 Hours

*During Internship Supervision II all students must take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). Candidate must complete the SLLA and earn a minimum score of 163

Additional Scholarship Information - The Graduate College

To qualify for a MSA scholarship, an individual must be enrolled full-time and possess a minimum of 3.00 undergraduate grade point average. Please visit the School of Graduate Studies website 

To receive more information on the MSA program at North Carolina A&T State University, please contact the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education at 336-256-2565.-4433.