Administrative Program for Principals

Administrative Program for Principals Online Master of Education (M.Ed.)

About Administrative Program for Principals

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 California University of Pennsylvania.

Cal U'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).

A combination of 100% online courses and supervised field and internship experiences at the school site allow you to continue to work full time while earning your degree.

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

Program Highlights: Administrative Program for Principals

Essential Internships: In Cal U'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.

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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Cal U's administrative program for principals was ranked #34 in the nation for best online education management degree programs by
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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Degree Benefits

Cal U's administrative program for principals offers exceptional benefits, including:

  • 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.
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Graduate Outcomes


Cal U'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.

Administrative Program for Principals Master's Program
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Student Success

Meet Trisha Maddas '08. She credits Cal U'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 students. 

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Faculty with Real-World Know-How

All professors in Cal U'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.

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Double Your Impact: Enroll with A Colleague

Make a bigger difference in your school by enrolling in Cal U'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 work.

Administrative Program for Principals Master's Degree Courses

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. [Link to Cal U State Authorization page]

Course Examples
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Educational Leadership
  • School Law & Ethics
  • Field Project/Research & Evaluation


Administration Program for Principals

  • 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.

View Admissions Requirements

Administrative Program for Principals Faculty

Dr. Silvia Braidic
Professor and coordinator, Administrative Leadership programs

Dr. Stephen Burnham
Adjunct Professor

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

Dr. Megan Mealie
Adjunct Professor/Supervisor of Student Teaching

Suzan Mohney


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.