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School Principal Certification

MS in Educational Administration

The Pennsylvania 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 and engage in action-oriented research.
  • Partner with schools/districts to mentor new leaders.
  • Demonstrate competence in active listening, speaking and writing; team building; and conflict resolution.

Program Requirements

Candidates will be recommended for the Pennsylvania administrative certificate, principal K–12 upon successful completion of all course and Praxis requirements, and once verification of three years of relevant professional experience has been provided.


Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

Coursework requirements for the PA administrative certificate, principal K–12 include 24 credits:

  • 24 credits of core certification courses.
  • 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.