PA State K-12 Principal Certification

Dr. George White, Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. George White, Professor of Educational Leadership

This Pennsylvania Department of Education approved program is designed for educators who are interested in assuming a position as a Principal. In addition to course work in:

  • Organization and Leadership
  • Management Functions
  • Curriculum and Supervision
  • Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Students must complete a year-long principal internship. (Fall & Spring only) 

In order to be certified as a principal in Pennsylvania, students who complete this program must also have:

  • A U.S. teaching license and five years of successful school experience at an accredited school
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Pass the PRAXIS test in Education Leadership: Administration and Supervision (#0410)

Curriculum can be found in the course catalog.    

The requirements for the PK-12 Principal Certification program include an earned Masters along with completion of the specific requirements outlined below. These course requirements are designed to align with the Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders Standards and with the nationally recognized ISLLIC standards. In addition to these requirements, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that a candidate have completed a minimum of five years of successful teaching experience at a state approved school, be a United States citizen and successfully complete the PRAXIS in Administration and Supervision (0410) in order to receive Pennsylvania Certification as a School Principal.

Curriculum for K-12 Principal Certification (37 Credits)
Key: F = Fall, SP = Spring, SU = Summer
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Core Requirements - 12 credits
(a minimum of 9 core credits must be completed BEFORE proceeding on to courses in the Leadership & Management Skills area)
EDL 400 Organizational Leadership and Change Management (F, SP, SU) 3
EDL 424 Leadership: Self and Groups (F, SU) 3
EDL 421 Instructional Leadership (SP, SU) 3
EDL 420 Data Based Decision Making (SU) 3
Leadership & Management Skills - 15 credits
EDL 422 Curriculum Management for the School Executive (SU) 3
EDL 467 Supervision and Professional Development (SP) 3
EDL 476 School Resources Management (F) 3
EDL 479 School Law and Ethics (SP) 3
EDL 423 Leading Inclusive Learning Systems (F) 3
Apprenticeship - 10 Credits
(All Core Requirements & Leadership & Management Skills coursework must be completed before proceeding to this section)
EDL 404 The Principalship I (F) 3
EDL 405 The Principalship II (SP) 3
EDL 414 Principal Internship I (F) 2
EDL 415 Principal Internship II (SP) 2
Total Credits 37

Note: In order to attain the Master's degree and Pennsylvania K-12 Principal Certification, students need to also take the following courses in addition to the courses listed above:

  • Educ 471   Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives
  • Educ  403  Research


Click here to view the course catalog which provides decriptions of the courses.   

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