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School Principal Certification

The PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K–12 was designed to develop school leaders who can:

  • Lead schools collaboratively to solve complex problems in a framework of leadership standards.
  • Educate students to achieve 21st century learning goals.
  • Mentor and coach teachers in instructional and assessment decision-making.
  • Reflect on practice to new action and research.
  • Partner with schools/districts to mentor new leaders.
  • Demonstrate competencies in team building and conflict resolution.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility for PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K–12 requires verification that the candidate has completed three years of satisfactory professional school experience on a state-issued certificate appropriate for the assignment.

Applicants must be certified teachers or counselors with a prior master’s degree.

The applicant’s transcripts and professional experiences are evaluated in relation to Pennsylvania state certification requirements. Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements for graduate studies at Drexel University.

Program Requirements

Candidates will be recommended for the PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K–12 upon successsful completion of all course and Praxis requirements and upon verification of three years of satisfactory professional school experience on a state-issued certificate appropriate for the assignment.

Curriculum

Coursework requirements for the PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K–12 include 24 credits of specific pedagogy as outlined below. Students must achieve the grade of B or better in each graduate level course.

Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Catalog

Core Certification Courses – 24 credits

Code Name Credits
EDUC 702 School Leadership and Decision Making 3.0
EDUC 705 School Law and Politics 3.0
EDUC 708 Managing Integration of Technology in School Setting 3.0
EDUC 710 School Finance and Facilities 3.0
EDUC 712 School / Community Relations and Partnerships 3.0
EDUC 714 Instructional and Curriculum Leadership 3.0
EDUC 715 School Principal Internship - Technology 1.5
EDUC 716 School Principal Internship - Finance / Facility 1.5
EDUC 717 School Principal Internship - Leadership 1.5
EDUC 718 School Principal Internship - School / Community Relations 1.5

Certification candidates are required to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment exam, test code 6011 (computer-based only). PDE reserves the right to change the required Praxis Exam for Principal Certification. Please check PDE's website before registering for any exam required by PDE to ensure that your registration meets PDE's current requirements.