Preparing educators for effective school administration and leadership.
The Principal Certification Program educates K-12 teacher leaders to increase school achievement in collaborative and comprehensive ways. The program focuses on helping teacher leaders acquire the knowledge to improve student achievement from peers, experts, research, and resources.
This program integrates course-work with an internship in the K-12 school setting. Those seeking a principal certification must be initially certified as a teacher, guidance counselor, librarian, or some other instruction-related professional position in the school prior to engaging in principal certification work. All course content and assessments are aligned with CAEP/ELCC and PIL standards.
For current Principal Certification students: Upon program completion, please use this linked checklist to complete the steps necessary to apply for and receive certification.
Educators may complete coursework toward the principal certification upon entering the program. However, three years of satisfactory performance in the area of teaching certification must be completed before applying to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to officially obtain Principal Certification. Applicants can start working on their time during our program, but they cannot complete the certificate until three years of successful teaching is documented in their area of certification. This requirement must be verified with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
I. Planning and Preparation: Curriculum - 6 credits
SEU 567: Curriculum in a Standard Aligned System
EDU 541: Supervision and Finance
II. Environment - 6 credits
EDU 599: School Leadership in a Diverse Society
EDU 528: Student Diversity and Critical Pedagogy
III. Instruction - 6 credits
EDU 526: Data-Driven Decision Making
SEU 544: Action Research for Teacher Leaders
IV. Professionalism - 7 credits
EDU 562: School Law
EDU 593: Internship (3 ch - 3 sh; 180 hours of service total)
Courses taught on campus and online
If you would like more information about the K-12 Principal Certification Program, please request information via the Office of Graduate Admissions or email program coordinator Dr. George Sirrakos at firstname.lastname@example.org.