Principal Certification with Masters


Experienced, certified teachers with a desire to become leaders in their schools and districts. A minimum of 5 years teaching expereince is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in order to take the PRAXIS exam at the end of the program.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Increase your chances of obtaining a higher salary
  • Become more marketable in an continuously changing environment

What You Learn:

The programs in administration are designed to develop those competencies for principals, and superintendents which will enable them to work with other professional personnel in designing and carrying out effective programs in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. These competencies are further developed under program approval guidelines which describe the role of the administrator in the following general areas: 1) as an advocate for elementary, middle, and secondary education; 2) as an educational leader; 3) as an educational supervisor; 4) as a coordinator of relations among community and professional staff; 5) and as an executive administrator.

How You Learn:

This is a cohort program; courses meet one night a week, from 4:45 to 7:45 p.m., the same night for the entire program. During the summer, one of your courses will meet in a two-week intensive format that will meet during daytime hours. Class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically outside of class. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years. The program culminates with the Westminster Comprehensive Examination.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program and passing of the appropriate Praxis examination, students will have earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Pennsylvania Certification for Principal K-12.

Comprehensive Examination:

A comprehensive examination is required of all certification and degree candidates. This examination addresses the area in which the student has specialized. Some programs require a portfolio and oral defense as part of the comprehensive examination.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
CS 710
Computers in Education
EDU 710
History and Philosophy of Education
EAD 810*
School and Community Relations
EAD 840*
Supervision of Curriculum
EAD 830*
Principles of Educational Leadership
EAD 826*
Curriculum & Instruction
EAD 850*
School Law
EAD 860*
Public School Finance and Economics
EP 810
Assessment and Data Analysis
EP 820*
Special Education for School Leaders
EAD 980* Internship in Admininstration and Supervision 3
  Total Credit Hours: 33

Please Note:

This program meets certification requirements in Pennsylvania. The program is designed to meet Ohio endorsement requirements but endorsement is subject to changing Ohio standards, ODE transcript analysis and testing requirements. In some cases, additional coursework may be required to meet state standards.

Students who already hold a Masters degree and wish to earn Principal Certification K-12 only will take a 24 credit hour sequence, as noted by the asterisks (*) above.