Program Highlights & Benefits
Flexible, online format
1 year completion time, including holiday breaks
Ranked #1 in the state by PDE for issuing the highest number of administrative certifications through 2019-2020
Complete one course every 8 weeks
Professional educators who already hold a Master’s degree in Education and who wish to enter into a leadership position as a Principal or Assistant Principal in a K-12 school.
To be eligible for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education at the end of the program, candidates must have three years of professional experience in an educational setting that is related to the instructional process and pass the required Praxis exams.
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.
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.
|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||Clinical Supervision and 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|
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.