Principal Certification Program in Educational Leadership
The Principal Certification program in Educational Leadership offered at the University Park campus includes the option of pursuing the majority of the required courses at Penn State Harrisburg. This program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and training to be effective administrators.
Participants in the certification program will be part of a cohort that will take courses in a specific sequence.
Degree Conferred: Certification only
Enrollment in the Principal Certification program requires admission to Penn State’s Graduate School and to the program in Educational Leadership in the College of Education.
To be admitted students must:
- hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
- hold and submit a valid Pennsylvania public school teaching certificate or professional certificate;
- schedule a personal interview with the program coordinator prior to submission of application materials;
- submit an online Graduate School application and application fee;
- submit two official transcripts from each college and university attended;
- obtain three references using the forms provided; (at least two of these letters must be written by individuals holding supervisory or administrative positions in a school district);
- have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.25 in previous graduate work and/or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work;
- submit an affidavit of experience documenting five years of teaching by completion of the program;
Candidates may enter the program at the beginning of the fall semester; however, all information must be received by July 1, since students are admitted on a rolling basis. Enrollment will close when the maximum of 25 participants has been reached. Additional accepted applicants will be wait-listed and their acceptance for the next cohort will be confirmed.
Penn State will make an institutional recommendation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education when a candidate shows evidence of satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below. It is important to note that Penn State endorses successful candidates for certification; the Pennsylvania Department of Education officially grants the certification.
Candidates must complete at least 30 credits in an approved graduate program with at least a 3.0 GPA and hold either a master’s or master’s equivalency.
The credits shall include:
- 24 credits in educational leadership and a 3-credit internship;
- 3 credits in curriculum;
- Successful completion of the required Praxis exam.
Core Course Requirements
3 credits in each of the following subject areas: Leadership; Principalship; Politics, School, and Community; Law and Education; Fiscal Operations; Instructional Leadership; Microcomputer Applications; Contemporary Curriculum; Inclusive Education; Internship.
Courses will be scheduled in cooperation with the Educational Leadership Program at University Park. For the convenience of participants, there will be evening and weekend courses varying in length from six weeks to 15 weeks. Within the cohort, scheduling will allow students to focus on one course at a time.
Students will be admitted in the fall semester only as part of a cohort group and take all required courses with their cohort.
All faculty in the Principal Certification program have excellent credentials as scholars, practitioners, and researchers. Their backgrounds, active involvement, and continuing research ensure that participants will be exposed to the most current practices.
Each participant will have an adviser at Penn State Harrisburg. Those considering future enrollment in the doctoral program at University Park will be assigned an additional adviser at that location.
EDLDR 480 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3)
EDLDR 568 The Principalship (3) Prerequisite: teaching or school administrative experience; 18 credits in education at least 5 of which are methods of teaching
EDLDR 530 Leadership for Inclusive Education (3)
EDLDR 559 School Improvement (3)
EDLDR 551 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice (3) Prerequisite: 12 credits in education and psychology, or teaching experience
EDUC 506 Curriculum Development and Instructional Design (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 505
It is possible to complete the 30-credit master’s degree program in Teaching and Curriculum in combination with the K-12 Principal’s Certificate. Those interested in doing so would need to be admitted to both the Teaching and Curriculum program as well as to the Principal Certification program. Core course requirements in Teaching and Curriculum include 18 credits. The other 12 required credits are electives all of which are fulfilled in the Principal Certification program.
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