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School Principal Certification

Drexel University School of Education

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

The applicant’s transcripts and professional experiences are evaluated in relation to Pennsylvania state certification requirements. Applicants must meet be certified teachers or counselors and 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 successful 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.


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.

The School Principal Certification curriculum and course descriptions may be viewed in the Drexel University Course Catalog

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.