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.


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 certification-only  program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE) and nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

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The national median salary for elementary, middle and high school principals is $90,410 per year. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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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.

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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.


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.

Course Examples
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • School Law & Ethics
  • School Community Relations Seminar

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Administrative Program for Principals

Master's Degrees

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

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.

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Administrative Program for Principals Faculty

Dr. Silvia Braidic

Dr. Stephen Burnham
Adjunct Professor

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