PA School Principal Certificate Only

Grades K-12

Online 18 major credits * 1 year

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
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Program Highlights & Benefits

Flexible, online format

1 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

Complete one course every 8 weeks


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 classroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. Two 3-credit practicum courses are included in your course schedule, where you will be responsible for completing the mandated number of observation hours required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education prior to certification. These hours will need to be completed in a K-12 environment with a certified administrator. 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

EDUC 545The Principalship3
EDUC 538Educational Administration3
EDUC 549Applied Research Practicum I: School Administrator – School Principal K-123
EDUC 546Clinical Supervision and Leadership3
SPED 534Differentiated Instructional Practices3
EDUC 550Applied Research Practicum II: School Administrator – School Principal K-123
 Total Credit Hours:18
Please Note:

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

Successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment #6990 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.

Students will need to complete six practicum credits in a K-12 environment with a certified administrator to satisfy Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements pertaining to field experience and observation hours prior to certification.