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MSSL FAQ

What can graduates do with the MSSL degree?
Most students who pursue the MSSL degree have the primary objective of obtaining building administrative licensure and becoming a building administrator.

What if I am not sure I want to be a principal?
Some students enter the MSSL program uncertain whether future professional plans will include building-level administrations. However, those who complete the MSSL program are recommended to apply for licensure in Kansas or certification in Missouri or both even if they are not sure they will immediately enter administration.

What licensure can I obtain by completing the MSSL program?
The initial building-level license in Kansas is for two years and can be renewed for another two years. Missouri initial certification is for four years.

What if I am from Missouri or another state and want to enroll in the program or I move out of state after I have completed the MSSL program?
Kansas has reciprocity with Missouri and a number of other states, so you can complete the Baker University MSSL program and obtain licensure in many other states.

What grade levels will my administration certificate accommodate?
In Kansas, you will be granted an Initial License in Building Leadership PreK-12. Missouri educators will receive a Missouri Initial Building Administration Certificate for Elementary and Secondary building administration.

Do I have to pass a test to get a license as an administrator?
You can complete the Baker University MSSL program without taking a state test. However, to obtain licensure in both Kansas and Missouri, you must successfully pass the School Leadership Licensure Assessment.

What is the Directed Field Experience?
The Directed Field Experience (DFE) is the MSSL capstone course that provides you with the hands-on experiences necessary to transfer administrative beliefs, values, theory and knowledge into policy and practice. DFE students must complete 100 hours of administrative tasks in 14 areas.

When can I begin the DFE? 
The DFE is intended to be a capstone course for the MSSL program. As such, you must complete 15 credit hours of MSSL coursework and 9 hours of required education coursework before you can begin the DFE. 

How long does it take to complete the DFE?
The DFE is completed in one of two sessions: August through May or December through August.