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Administrative Program For Principals

Master of Education in School Administration Administrative Principal – Credits: 30 (program code: 0971)

Administrative Principal K-12 Certification – Credits:  24 (program code: 0977)

Program Description

Cal U's administrative program for principals (ADP) is the ideal program for working professionals who want to make a difference in education. This part-time, online program is a practice-centered, performance-based program that is designed to provide a personalized approach in meeting the needs of all students, whether they are seeking a principal's certificate or a master's degree in education or simply wish to continue to enhance their teaching and leadership skills. California University of Pennsylvania offers one program with two tracks: K-12 principal certification only (24 credits) and the Master of Education with K-12 principal certification (30 credits). At Cal U, K-12 principal certification can be pursued as an integrated part of the master’s degree or as a separate certification only track for people who have previously obtained a master’s degree. The K-12 principal certification and master's degree require the same core courses, but an additional two prescribed courses (6 credits) are required of those candidates pursuing the master's degree.

All students who will be seeking certification outside Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification. 

Individuals must apply for endorsement for certification through the program coordinator to initiate the process.

Program Objectives

Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by:

  •  facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a school or district vision of learning supported by the school community.
  •  promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.

  •  managing the organization, operations and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.

  •  collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

  • acting with integrity, fairly and in an ethical manner.
  •  understanding, responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

The internship provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in the program objectives through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel for graduate credit.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Classes are conducted online with field experiences and internships taking place at the student’s school site.


Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this online program meets state educational requirements for certification as a principal. The program complies with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards, and may be used to meet certification and professional development requirements in other states.

Admissions Criteria

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA in a baccalaureate degree verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution
  • A completed Applicant Data Sheet
  • A copy of all current professional certificates held
  • A letter of endorsement from applicant's principal or immediate supervisor
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A statement of career goals and degree objectives
  • Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable application fee
  • Students with less than a 3.00 GPA may be considered for a conditional admission

Additional program requirements

  • The program is open to students with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree. Previous teaching experience is not required, but professional certified experience is a must.


Course requirements for all students
ADP 641 School Community Relations Seminar 3
ADP 647 Orientation and Assessment (first course)  3
ADP 621 Curriculum Leadership Using a Standards-Aligned System  3
ADP 661 Educational Leadership  3
ADP 631 School Law and Ethics  3
ADP 626 Instructional Leadership and Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms  3
ADP 670 Internship: Part 1  3
ADP 670 Internship: Part 2  3

The following 6 credits are for students seeking a Master of Education with K-12 Principal Certification:

 Course Name
ADP 664 – Field Project/Leadership 3
ADP 673 – Field Project/Research and Evaluation  3

Transfer Credits

Request for transfer credit must occur once a student is officially accepted into the program and prior to beginning any coursework. At that time, contact the program coordinator for information on the transfer credit review process.


Candidates in the ADP program receive academic and professional counseling throughout their enrollment in the program. Each candidate is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with candidates to discuss, monitor and provide counseling as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Program Coordinator

Silvia Braidic, Ed.D. and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (University of Pittsburgh); Administrative Certification: Concentration, Elementary and Secondary Pennsylvania Principal Certification (Carnegie Mellon University); M.S. Education, B.S. Education (Duquesne University); Professor
Web Page:
Phone: 724-938-4757

Graduate Faculty

Brian Barnhart, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Executive Director, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

Stephen Burnham, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Middle School Principal, Wilson School District

Daniel Castagna, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent, West Mifflin Area School District

David Foley, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Superintendent, Pine-Richland School District

Mark Gross, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana Area School District

Linda Hippert, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Executive Director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Todd E. Keruskin, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District

Catherine Lobaugh, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Executive Director of Early Childhood,  Family and Community Services, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

J. Kevin Lordon, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Full-time Faculty; Administrative Leadership Programs; Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

Christine Patti, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Full-time Faculty; Administrative Leadership Programs; Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

Gregory Taranto, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty; Middle School Principal, Canon-McMillan School District

Brian Toth, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent of Schools, Belwood-Antis School District