Administrative Program for Principals

Administrative Program for Principals Online Certification Only

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.

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$90K 
The national median salary for elementary, middle and high school principals is $90,410 per year. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Since 1852 
Cal U was founded as a teachers college and has been producing top-quality educators for over 160 years.
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Program Benefits

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.
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Graduate Outcomes

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 the country.

 Read more about gainful employment.

Administrative Program for Principals Certification
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Award-Winning Faculty

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.

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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.

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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.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
ADP 621 G0 – Curriculum Leadership 3
ADP 626 G0 – Instructional Strategies 3
ADP 631 G0 – School Law & Ethics 3
ADP 641 G0 – School Community Relations Seminar  3
ADP 647 G0 – Orientation and Assessment 3
ADP 661 G0 – Educational Leadership 3
ADP 670 G0 – Internship Part 1 3
ADP 670 G0 – Internship Part 2 3
Total 24
Admission Requirements

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
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A completed Applicant Data Sheet
  • Statement of career goals and degree objectives
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • 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

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: adminprinprog@calu.edu  
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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 agreements.

Administrative Program for Principals

Master's Degrees
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Administrative Program for Principals M.Ed. (Online) 

A master of education degree with certification as a K-12 principal geared toward educators seeking to advance their careers.

Educational Leadership Certificate
1

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certificate Program (Online)

A graduate-level program for seasoned educators seeking the university endorsement required for certification as a superintendent in Pennsylvania.

Administrative Program for Principals Faculty

Dr. Silvia Braidic
Professor and coordinator, Administrative Leadership programs

braidic@calu.edu

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Dr. Stephen Burnham
Adjunct Professor

burnham@calu.edu

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Dr. Mark A. Gross
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Todd E. Keruskin
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. J. Kevin Lordon
Associate Professor

lordon@calu.edu

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Dr. Megan Mealie
Adjunct Professor/Supervisor of Student Teaching

mealie@calu.edu

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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.