PA School Principal Certificate Only, Grades K-12


Professional educators with at least three years of relevant professional experience in an educational setting related to the instructional process who already hold a Master’s degree in Education and who wish to enter into a leadership position as a principal in a K-12 school.

What You Learn:

The mission of Point Park University’s School Principal Certification program is to prepare professional educators for leadership positions as school administrators or principals. We will achieve this by advancing professional knowledge that supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of learners; integrating leadership and supervisory theories and skills with problem solving and decision making models; encouraging collaboration, communication, professional development, and responsible management of educational programs and resources; and conducting educational research that enhances organizational effectiveness.

How You Learn:

Online Format: This is an online cohort program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online courseroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 1 year.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a graduate-level certificate and will be eligible for certification as a K-12 School Principal in the state of Pennsylvania.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
EDUC 545 The Principalship 3
EDUC 538 Educational Administration 3
EDUC 549 Applied Research Practicum I: School Administrator - School Principal K-12 3
EDUC 546 Curriculum Supervision & Leadership 3
SPED 534 Differentiated Instructional Practices 3
EDUC 550 Applied Research Practicum II: School Administrator - School Principal K-12 3
  Total Credit Hours: 18

Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.

Successful completion of the Praxis Exam for Administration is required for certification.

In order to receive certification at the end of the program, candidates must provide a chief school administrator’s verification of the completion of a minimum of three years of professional experience in an instructional area and must be recommended for certification by the Point Park University authorized certification officer.