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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: active listening; speaking and writing; 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 relevant professional experience. 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 successful completion of all course and Praxis requirements, and verification has been provided of three years of relevant professional experience.

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.

Curriculum

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

Core Master's Coures - 21 credits

Code Name Credits
EDAM 500 Leading in Urban, Rural, Suburban School Settings
3.0
EDAM 502 Resource Management, Allocation and Entrepreneurship
3.0
EDAM 522 Evaluation and Assessment Competencies
3.0
EDAM 524 Mentoring and Collaborative Leadership
3.0
EDAM 526 Interpreting and Evaluating Research and Achievement Data
3.0
EDAM 528 Research Methodology for Action Research
3.0
EDAM 540 Action Research Project
3.0

Core Certification Coures - 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.