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
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 graduatedegree 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.
Cal U'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.