The Graduate Certificate for Principalship is composed of six required courses for a total of 18 credits. Students must earn a grade of B or better in all courses to be eligible for the certificate. Additional state certification requirements for Pennsylvania include the successful completion of an internship (one of the six program courses), a passing score on the Praxis test for school leaders, and a valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate. Because this curriculum is designed specifically to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Principal Certification, no transfer credits or course substitutions will be accepted.
If you are accepted into the certificate program, you may begin your course work at the start of an academic semester including summer. The student course load can be three to four courses per year. However, it is strongly recommended that you take only one course at a time while working full-time.
If you later choose to apply for and are granted admission to the Master's in Educational Leadership program and have earned at least a B or better in each of the six certificate courses, you can apply the 18 certificate program credits toward the master of education program requirements.