Educational Leadership Certifications

Pennsylvania Administrative Certification

The certification program must be planned with an adviser to ensure that the requirements are satisfied.

At the beginning of the certification program, candidates must meet with an adviser for the leadership portfolio requirements so they may begin work on their portfolios.

Candidates for an administrative certification must have completed 3 years of full-time, satisfactory teaching or professional experience in an instructional area or professional area while certified in that area.

Candidates must successfully pass the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) required for each administrative area.

View course descriptions.

Principal Certification K–12

  • ED 633 School Law
  • ED 634 Managing School Organizations and Change
  • ED 635 Supervision of Teaching and Learning
  • ED 637 Instructional Leadership
  • ED 638 School Finance
  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations
  • ED 647 Leading Schools with Data Driven Decision Making

*Note: The following three internship semesters must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

  • ED 639A Fall Internship for Curriculum and Instruction (1 credit)
  • ED 639B Spring Internship for Curriculum and Instruction (1 credit)
  • ED 639C Summer Internship for Curriculum and Instruction (1 credit)

Supervisory Certification

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

  • ED 633 School Law
  • ED 634 Managing School Organizations and Change
  • ED 635 Supervision of Teaching and Learning
  • ED 637 Instructional Leaderships
  • ED 638 School Finance
  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations
  • ED 647 Leading Schools with Data Driven Decision Making

*Note: The following three internship semesters must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

  • ED 665A Fall Internship for Curriculum and Instruction (1 credit)
  • ED 665B Spring Internship for Curriculum and Instruction (1 credit)
  • ED 665C Summer Internship for Curriculum and Instruction (1 credit)

Supervisor of Single-Subject

  • ED 633 School Law
  • ED 634 Managing School Organizations and Change
  • ED 635 Supervision of Teaching and Learning
  • ED 637 Instructional Leadership
  • ED 638 School Finance
  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations
  • ED 647 Leading Schools with Data Driven Decision Making

*Note: The following three internship semesters must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

  • ED 600A Fall Internship for Single Subject (1 credit)
  • ED 600B Spring Internship for Single Subject (1 credit)
  • ED 600C Summer Internship for Single Subject (1 credit)

Supervisor of Special Education

  • ED 633 School Law
  • ED 634 Managing School Organizations and Change
  • ED 635 Supervision of Teaching and Learning
  • ED 637 Instructional Leadership
  • ED 638 School Finance
  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations
  • ED 647 Leading Schools with Data Driven Decision Making

*Note: The following three internship semesters must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

  • ED 666A Fall Internship in Special Education (1 credit)
  • ED 666B Spring Internship in Special Education (1 credit)
  • ED 666C Summer Internship for Single Subject (1 credit)

Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services

Background Courses

  • PY 625 Psychological Testing
  • PY 688 Cultural Bases of Counseling

Core Courses

  • ED 633 School Law
  • ED 634 Managing School Organizations and Change
  • ED 635 Supervision of Teaching and Learning
  • ED 637 Instructional Leadership
  • ED 638 School Finance
  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations
  • ED 647 Leading Schools with Data Driven Decision Making

Note: The following three internship semesters must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

  • ED 667A Fall Internship for PPS (1 credit)
  • ED 667B Spring Internship for PPS (1 credit)
  • ED 667C Summer Internship for PPS (1 credit)

Candidates for the certificate must verify the completion of three years of full-time professional school experience as an educational specialist (psychologist, school counselor, school nurse or school social worker) while holding a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I and/or II certificate.

Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility

(Currently awaiting Pennsylvania Department of Education approval for this certification)

Candidates for this certificate must have completed six years of full-time teaching or other professionally certificated service in schools, including three years in a supervisory or administrative position while holding a valid teaching and administrative certificate.

Background Requirements

  • ED 638 School Finance
  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations
  • ED 647 Leading Schools with Data Driven Decision Making

Core Requirements

Note: The next three courses are doctoral-level courses

  • *ED 720 Ethical Leadership in Education
  • *ED 726 Organizational Theory, Change and Sustainability
  • *ED 732 Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: Interconnectivity and Shared Responsibility
  • ED 648 The Superintendency

*Doctoral Tuition

Note: The following three internship semesters must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

  • ED 649A Fall Internship for Superintendency (1 credit)
  • ED 649B Spring Internship for Superintendency (1 credit)
  • ED 646C Summer Internship for Superintendency (1 credit)

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