Principal Certification

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    Considered the leading principal certification program in Pennsylvania, this one-year program is designed for experienced educators who aspire to be elementary or secondary school principals.

    Start Your Principal Career in a Year

    Our one year program for working educators includes:

    • An on-campus course (EDAD 756 School Administration) offered one time per year: summers only
    • A fall internship at a school
    • A spring internship at a school


    We are now accepting applications for the summer 2020 cohort. Classes will be offered in July after July 4 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Exact session dates will be posted in January. Morning and afternoon sections will be offered based on enrollment.

    New Principal Certification students begin in the summer session. EDAD 756 is completed on campus during July. The first internship is in the fall semester. The second and final internship is in the spring semester. Internship take place at the candidate’s school district.


    IUP campus, Indiana, Pennsylvania

    Deadline to Apply:

    All materials must be completed by April 15.

    Course Information:

    EDAD 756 (three credits) is the primary coursework associated with this program. This class meets face-to-face in the summer on IUP’s main campus (Indiana). Following the successful completion of the course, students register for two separate internships, completing one internship each of two semesters. If this sequence is followed, the program can be completed in one calendar year.

    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.

    Why IUP's Principal Program?

    • Our Principal Certification Program is distinguished by its performance foundation for administrative certification.
    • Our program emphasizes the achievement of administrative competencies through documented outcomes of field experiences rather than progression through a sequence of courses.
    • Our program is designed to provide maximum convenience to the working professional by having the internships completed within the context of the candidates' home district.
    • Our entire program can be completed in a year.
    • Our program is considered a leading principal certification program in Pennsylvania.

    Principal Certification Program Outcomes

    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:

    • model credible strategic leadership within their own school district.
    • demonstrate exemplary interpersonal skills.
    • exemplify outstanding communication and organizational skills.
    • reflect a history of continued professional growth and the use of data to inform curricular and pedagogical decisions.
    • engage in political and community initiatives.

    For More Information

    Visit Principal Certification Program: For Current Students

    Contact the Program Director

    Dr. Susan Sibert
    Davis Hall, Room 328
    Phone: 724-357-2400