About Administrative Program for Principals Certification
Take on a leadership role in your school with certification as a K-12 principal.
Develop strong school administration skills, enhance your classroom instruction and
advance your career. California University of Pennsylvania's administrative program
for principals combines 100% online courses with on-site fieldwork and internships
taking place at your school.
This flexible and affordable graduate program is designed for M.Ed. holders seeking certification as K-12 principals.
It can be completed in 52 weeks while you continue to work full time.
Develop expertise and apply your knowledge.
Complete 360 hours of standards-based internship experiences in a school setting.
Participate in problem-solving activities and fieldwork that teach you how to be an effective school administrator.
Demonstrate your abilities to synthesize and apply program knowledge through performance
assessments rather than traditional testing.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: ADMINISTRATIVE PROGRAM FOR PRINCIPALS CERTIFICATION
Cohort Model: The administrative program for principals fosters personal learning networks. Cohorts
start in the spring and summer and stay together throughout the program, enabling
strong relationships and networking opportunities that continue after program completion.
Top Accreditation:This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor
organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.
The national median salary for elementary, middle and high school principals is $90,410
per year. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Cal U was founded as a teachers college and has been producing top-quality educators
for over 160 years.
In Cal U's Administrative Program for Principals you will:
Develop the strong school administration skills that improve student achievement.
Work with a personal faculty adviser to achieve academic and career
Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online classes.
Enhance your classroom instruction.
Participate in hands-on experiences in a school setting.
Gain exposure to the decision-making processes of school principals.
Certification as a K-12 school principal gives you the opportunity to take on administrative
leadership roles at the school level, whether as a principal, vice principal or supervisor
of a content area. Program alumni are highly successful in getting administrative
jobs and have gone on to rewarding careers in K-12 schools in Pennsylvania and across
Administrative Program for Principals Certification
All of our faculty currently serve or have formerly served in school or district administrative
roles, and many are Cal U grads. Faculty awards include: Fulbright scholarships, The
Digital Innovative Learning Award, Pennsylvania Principal of the Year, the Apple Distinguished
School Award, and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Research & Publication Award, among others.
Learn from Successful Alumni
Meet professor and Cal U alumnus Dr. Greg Taranto '00. In addition to teaching in
the administrative program for principals, he is the principal of Canonsburg Middle
School, which has been designated as a "school to watch" nationwide due to its high-quality
programs and extracurricular activities. Dr. Taranto has also been named a PAESSP
Middle Level Principal of the Year.
Double the Impact of Your Internships
Course projects and internships in Cal U's administrative program for principals focus
on collecting data, identifying gaps and addressing needs that are specific to your
school. If you join the program with a colleague, you can work together to make an
even greater impact.
Administrative Program for Principals Certification Courses
This 24-credit online program starts in the spring or summer and is designed for seasoned
educators seeking certification as K-12 principals and/or wishing to enhance their
teaching and leadership skills. Students seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania
should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.
ADP 621 G0 – Curriculum Leadership
ADP 626 G0 – Instructional Strategies
ADP 631 G0 – School Law & Ethics
ADP 641 G0 – School Community Relations Seminar
ADP 647 G0 – Orientation and Assessment
ADP 661 G0 – Educational Leadership
ADP 670 G0 – Internship Part 1
ADP 670 G0 – Internship Part 2
Admission Requirements (Regular)
Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may
apply for conditional admission)
Certification Only:Master's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply
for conditional admission)
Official transcripts from an accredited institution
Copy of teaching certification
A letter of endorsement from applicant's principal or immediate supervisor
Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular
Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s
have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
Certification Only: Master's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
Out of State Students: Out of state students are welcome to apply but should first contact their state department
of education for further information regarding certification requirements and reciprocity
Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania
should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.
Completion of an approved certification program is a requirement for certification
in Pennsylvania. In the certification process, the University informs the state that
a student has completed the University's state-approved program. The state then reviews
the student's credentials and determines eligibility for certification. We encourage
all students to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education before beginning
Cal U's program for further information about certification requirements in Pennsylvania.
At the present time, we cannot confirm whether this program meets the requirements
for certification in states other than Pennsylvania. Interested students may contact
the Department of Education in their state to inquire about their requirements. A
listing of state Departments of Education can be found on the U.S. Department of Education website.
Out-of-state students seeking Pennsylvania certification should notify us of that
intent in order to meet the PA certification expectations. Additional information
related to Pennsylvania certification can be located at the Pennsylvania Department
of Education website.
Individuals must apply for endorsement for certification through the program coordinator,
Dr. Silvia Braidic, to initiate the process.