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Principal Certification with Masters

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Westminster College » Principal Certification with Masters

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Principal K-12 Program


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.

Degree Requirements:

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

Please Note:

This program meets certification requirements in Pennsylvania. The program is designed to meet Ohio licensure requirements but licensure 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 Master’s degree and wish to earn Principal Certification K-12 only will take a 24 credit hour sequence, as noted by the asterisks (*) above.

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