Our Principal Certification Program educates 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 a 180 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 instructional-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.
Educators may complete coursework toward the principal certification upon entering the program. However, five years of satisfactory performance in the area of teaching certification must be completed before applying to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Principal Certification. Applicants can start working on their time during the principal certification program, but they cannot complete the certificate until five 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
One of the Following:
Essay of how principals shape learning in their schools, principals as school change agents and principals as learning outcome specialists.
Portfolio based on Danielson model which includes:
Documentation of leadership roles
Successful teaching experiences
Fall semester: August 1st
Spring semester: December 1st
Summer sessions: May 1st
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