Considered the leading principal certification program in Pennsylvania, this under-a-year program is designed for experienced educators who aspire to be elementary or secondary school principals. The IUP Principal Certification Program is nationally recognized
by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).
Our under-a-year program for working educators includes:
Applications are now being accepted for this summer’s cohort. Classes will be offered in July generally starting the week after July 4 and continuing for three weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.
A new cohort begins each summer, completing a three-credit, online course, EDAD 756: School Administration. The first internship is completed at the candidate’s school district in the fall, and the second internship is completed at the candidate’s school
in the spring. One internship focuses on elementary level, and one internship focuses on secondary level. Candidates must have the support of principal mentors to complete internship requirements.
All materials must be completed by April 15.
EDAD 756: School Administration, three credits, is the primary coursework for this program. The class meets synchronously online in the summer. During the summer course, students complete contemporary readings and learn about the major issues of school
administration, as well as write an internship plan proposal for the first internship experience (either elementary or secondary) for the fall semester. The internship proposal is due the last week of the summer course. Both internship experiences
are based on Pennsylvania Department of Education school level leadership competencies and outcomes. The internship is EDAD 798: Principal Internship, a six-credit course. It is taken in both the fall and the spring, for a total of 15 credits to complete
Seminar topics target leadership in a learning organization, ongoing professional development in strengthening school culture, and the necessity for continual curricular improvements. In addition, the topics of integration of electronic resources, supervisory
strategies, inclusive practice, school policy, state and federal law, safety, labor relations, facilities management, human relations, and community involvement will be considered.
IUP is dedicated to the preparation of outstanding educational leaders who see themselves as both scholars and practitioners. This particular program reflects the expectations that aspiring principals:
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Principal Certification Program Handbook
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