Administrative Program for Principals

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Master of Education: Administrative Program for Principals - Credits: 30 (program code: 0971)

Certification: Administrative Program for Principals - Credits:  24 (program code: 0977)

Program Description

Cal U's administrative program for principals (ADP) is an ideal program for working professionals who want to make a difference in education. This part-time, online program is practice-centered, performance-based and designed to provide a personalized approach in meeting the needs of all students, whether they are seeking a principal's certificate or a master's degree in education or simply wish to continue to enhance their teaching and leadership skills. The program has two tracks: K-12 principal certification only (24 credits) and the Master of Education with K-12 principal certification (30 credits). At Cal U, K-12 principal certification can be pursued as an integrated part of the master's degree or as a separate certification-only track for people who have previously obtained a master's degree. The K-12 principal certification and master's degree require the same core courses, but an additional two prescribed courses (6 credits) are required of those candidates pursuing the master's degree.

Completion of an approved certification program is one 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 review the Pennsylvania Department of Education certification requirements before beginning Cal U's program for further information about certification requirements in Pennsylvania.  The endorsement for certification process must be initiated by the student once they have met all state requirements.

Students seeking certification in a state other than Pennsylvania must check their respective state Department of Education requirements and whether completing the principal program at Cal U will be accepted. Out-of-state students seeking Pennsylvania certification are required to notify the department of that intent in order to meet the Pennsylvania certification expectations. Additional information related to Pennsylvania certification can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website: Click here to view..

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Classes are conducted online with field experiences and internships taking place at the student's school site.

Program Accreditation

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this online program meets state educational requirements for certification as a principal. The program complies with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards, and may be used to meet certification and professional development requirements in other states. 

Curriculum - Master of Education: Administrative Program for Principals

Course Credits
ADP 621  Curriculum Leadership Using a Standards Aligned System 3
ADP 626  Instructional Leadership & Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms 3
ADP 631  School Law & Ethics 3
ADP 641  School Community Relations Seminar  3
ADP 647  Orientation and Assessment 3
ADP 661  Educational Leadership 3
ADP 664  Field Project/Leadership (M.Ed. students only) 3
ADP 670  Internship Part 1 3
ADP 670  Internship Part 2 – Final Requirement for Certification 3
ADP 673  Field Project/Research & Evaluation (M.Ed. students only) 3
Total 30

Curriculum - Certification: Administrative Program for Principals

Course Credits
ADP 621  Curriculum Leadership Using a Standards Aligned System 3
ADP 626  Instructional Leadership and Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms 3
ADP 631  School Law and Ethics 3
ADP 641  School Community Relations Seminar  3
ADP 647  Orientation and Assessment 3
ADP 661  Educational Leadership 3
ADP 670  Internship Part 1 3
ADP 670  Internship Part 2 3
Total 24

Transfer Credits

Requests for transfer credit must occur once a student is officially accepted into the program and prior to beginning any coursework. At that time, contact the program coordinator for information on the transfer credit review process.

Advisement

Candidates in the ADP program receive academic and professional advisement throughout their enrollment in the program. Each candidate is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with candidates to discuss, monitor and provide counseling as it relates to their program of study.

Program Websites

Administrative Program for Principals Online Master of Education

Administrative Program for Principals Certification

For Additional Information

Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1-866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Silvia Braidic, Ed.D. and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (University of Pittsburgh); Administrative Certification: Concentration, Elementary and Secondary Pennsylvania Principal Certification (Carnegie Mellon University); M.S. Education, B.S. Education (Duquesne University); Professor

Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/silvia-braidic.aspx 
Email:
braidic@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4757

Administrative Leadership Program Faculty

Mark Abbondanza, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Principal, North Strabane Intermediate School

Pete Aiken, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent, Manheim Central School District

Brian Barnhart, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Executive Director, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

David Foley, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Superintendent, Pine-Richland School District

Robert Freil, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Director of Curriculum, South Western School District

Michael Ghilani, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent, West Jefferson Hills School District

Todd E. Keruskin, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District

J. Kevin Lordon, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Full-time Faculty; Administrative Leadership Programs; Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

Randal Lutz, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent, Baldwin-Whitehall School District

George Spalaris, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Middle School Principal; Bethel Park School District

Dave Schreiber, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Middle School Principal; Bentworth Middle Shool

John Smart, J.D. (Juris Doctrate), Adjunct Faculty; Esq.,  Andrews and Price, LLC.

Gregory Taranto, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty; Middle School Principal, Canon-McMillan School District

Jeff Taylor, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Assistant Superintendent; North Hills School District

Brian Toth, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty; Superintendent of Schools, Belwood-Antis School District

Mary Wolf, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, Full-time Faculty; Administrative Leadership Programs; Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership