Amplify your impact in K-12 education and advance your career.
Become a leader in education with a master's degree in education and K-12 school
principal certification from PennWest California.
PennWest California's education programs have been accredited by the National Council
for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing accreditation
with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
(CAEP). This graduate program is also nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).
Our 100% online courses allow you to continue to work full time while earning your degree. You’ll apply what you learn in real-world settings through fieldwork and 360 hours of internship experiences, which typically take place at the school where you already teach.
Discover our unique, learner-focused approach to education.
Unlike traditional, course-oriented programs, our M.Ed. is practice-centered, incorporating
school/University partnerships, fieldwork and internships.
This master's degree is a state-approved program that meets the education requirement for certification as a principal in Pennsylvania.
We use ongoing performance assessments rather than traditional testing to evaluate
your ability to synthesize and apply program
PennWest California's teaching programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department
of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
(CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation
through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.
Program Highlights: Administrative Program for Principals
Essential Internships: In PennWest California's administrative program for principals you'll complete two
school internships totaling a minimum of 360 hours. Internships typically take place
on-site at the school where you already teach, and are supported by an on-site school
principal and an assigned University supervisor.
Cohort Model: Build relationships with fellow students and benefit from networking opportunities.
Our cohorts start in the spring and summer and stay together throughout all program
courses, enabling a strong personal learning network that will continue to support
you after graduation.
PennWest California's administrative program for principals was ranked #34 in
the nation for best online education management degree programs by topmanagementdegrees.com.
The national median salary for elementary, middle and high school principals
is $90,410 per year. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
PennWest California's administrative program for principals offers exceptional benefits,
The flexibility of 100% online classes.
Field and internship experiences at your school site.
A fully accredited program that's also affordable.
Strong leadership skills and enhanced classroom instruction.
Hands-on experiences and exposure to decision-making processes of school principals.
Support from a personal adviser to achieve academic and career goals.
PennWest California's online administrative program for principals 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. Our alumni are highly successful in
getting jobs in school administration and have been hired as assistant principals
and principals in K-12 schools across Pennsylvania and beyond.
Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs
This 30-credit master of education degree program starts in the spring or summer and
meets the educational requirement for certification as a K-12 principal in Pennsylvania.
Students who are seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult
the State Authorization web page for more information.
ADP 621 Curriculum Leadership Using a Standards Aligned System
ADP 626 Instructional Leadership and Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms
ADP 631 School Law and Ethics
ADP 641 School Community Relations Seminar
ADP 647 Orientation and Assessment
ADP 661 Educational Leadership
ADP 664 Field Project/Leadership (M.Ed. students only)
ADP 670 Internship Part 1
ADP 670 Internship Part 2 – Final Requirement for Certification
ADP 673 Field Project/Research and Evaluation (M.Ed. students only)
Masters plus Certification: Regionally accredited 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: Regionally accredited master's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher
in education field (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission
Official transcripts from an accredited institution
Copy of all teaching /instructional certifications
Must initially hold certification as a teacher, guidance counselor, or some other
instructional-related professional position. Refer to the Pennsylvania Department
of Education website for guidelines/details.
A letter of endorsement from applicant's principal or immediate supervisor
Note: At the completion of the program and upon application for endorsement for certification
from PDE, you will be required to provide verification of completion of the required
years of relevant professional experience from your district as per PDE guidelines.
Please refer to the PDE website for details to assure you can meet the work service
International Global Online Applicants
Conditional Admission Requirements
Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular
Masters plus Certification: 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
Copy of teaching certifications
A completed Applicant Data Sheet and/or a current resume or curriculum vitae
Provisional Admission: Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite
courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.
This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission
pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student
will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional
Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not
be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
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
Administrative Program for Principals Certification Program (Online): An online program for students who already hold a master's degree and are seeking
certification as a K-12 principal or continuing education credits.
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.
Meet Trisha Maddas '08. She credits PennWest California's graduate program internships
with preparing her for success in her current position as middle school assistant
principal in the Elizabeth Forward School District. Maddas constantly interacts with
students, parents, faculty and staff to create rich learning environments for all
Faculty with Real-World Know-How
All professors in PennWest California's administrative program for principals are
committed to student success and have firsthand experience in school and district
administration. Our award-wining adjunct faculty members currently hold positions
as school or district administrators, and our full-time faculty has past experience
in administrative roles.
Double Your Impact: Enroll with A Colleague
Make a bigger difference in your school by enrolling in PennWest California's administrative
program for principals with a colleague. Your course and internship projects are directly
related to improving your school through gap identification, data analysis and addressing
specific needs. Pairing up with a colleague broadens the scope and impact of your
Administrative Program for Principals Faculty
Dr. Silvia Braidic
Professor and coordinator, Administrative Leadership programs
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
PennWest California's program for further information about certification requirements
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.