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PK-12 Principal Certification (Certificate, M.Ed.)

Elevate your career and prepare for a leadership role to set the course for student success with our PK-12 Principal Certification.

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*Note that the PK-12 Principal Certification is in moratorium and pending approval.

Program Details

  • Program Purpose – The PK-12 Principal Certification is for practicing educators with proven experience and is offered as either a Master’s in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) or as certification only.
  • Flexible Start Dates – Applications are accepted for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
  • Endorsement – Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)​.
  • Program Delivery – Delivered 100% online (combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes)​. Classes are typically offered during the evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday​.
  • Mentorship – Students are required to have a seasoned administrator act as their mentor throughout the program.
  • 100% PRAXIS Pass Rate – Graduates have a 100% PRAXIS pass rate on the 1st attempt.
  • Job-Embedded Learning – We pride ourselves on the ability to provide job-embedded learning through various situations and settings.
  • Practical Learning Experiences – We strive to constantly integrate present principals and administrators into our program to create meaningful learning experiences for future school leaders.

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Courses and Curriculum

Program Admission

  • Complete a graduate school application.
  • Submit all official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. Minimum undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 required.
  • Submit a Statement of Goals that explains the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a principal certification.
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit a copy of a current PA Instructional Certificate.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s leadership ability, capacity to be a successful school principal, academic suitability, and professional demeanor.

Academic Requirements

Candidates for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership PK-12 Principal Certificate program are typically required to complete 33 credits in order to earn their Master's degree, while 27 credits are required for those candidates seeking the PK-12 Principal Certification only. Prior graduate work can be evaluated for transfer credit.

Retention

Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who do not take classes in either the fall and/or spring semesters will be considered inactive in MyCommonwealth. Students are required to contact their Academic Advisor or Graduate Program Coordinator with their request to be reactivated. Their request is then forwarded to the Graduate Office, who will process the reactivation. Students have six calendar years to complete their chosen degree or certification program.

Transfer Credits

Upon acceptance, students desiring to transfer credits may make this request upon application to their chosen program. Upon approval, degree students may transfer up to a maximum of nine semester hours or parallel courses (determined by CU) from accredited institutions. These courses will be applied towards completing the degree requirements of the program. However, no courses will be transferred in which a grade less than a B was earned. Pass/fail grades are not accepted.

Pennsylvania Requirements for Certification

  • Provides verification of three years of relevant professional experience. For the purpose of this section, relevant professional experience is “professional experience in an educational setting that is related to the instructional process.”
  • Completes a Pennsylvania-approved, graduate-level principal certification program that includes an internship/practicum or an equivalent out-of-state program. A 3.0 program Grade Point Average (GPA) is required.
  • Provides evidence of satisfactory achievement on the Pennsylvania required test.

Please see the PDE website for additional requirements for PDE certification and for any updates as certification requirements may change over time.

Candidates for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership PK-12 Principal Certificate program are typically required to complete 33 credits in order to earn their Masters degree, while 27 credits are required for those candidates seeking the PK-12 Principal Certification only.

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  • Q: Is the program only offered as a master's degree?
    A: No- it’s offered as BOTH a master’s degree and a stand-alone certificate.
  • Q: How long does it take students to finish the program?
    A: The master’s degree includes 33 credits and typically takes most students roughly 18 - 24 months to complete- though students have up to six years to finish.
  • Q: How is the program delivered?
    A: The program is delivered 100% online through synchronous classes. Courses are typically offered during the evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Q: When can I start?
    A: Applications are accepted for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. 
  • Q: Do I need to take the GRE in order to apply?
    A: No- the GRE is not required for admission.

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Thomas Starmack

Thomas Starmack

  • Graduate Program Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction (without certification), Educational Leadership, Principal Certification, Supervisory C&I Certification
  • Bloomsburg

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