School Principal Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 24.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.0408 / 13.0409
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 11-9032
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The School Principal Certificate program was designed to produce school leaders who are knowledgeable about current theories and strategies in leadership and change. Components of the program’s conceptual bedrock are heuristic diagnostic learning, intelligent use of emotions in interpersonal skills of leadership, creative problem solving, and learning technologies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants come from a variety of undergraduate and graduate backgrounds and typically desire to provide leadership for change as a school principal. The School Principal Certification is available for teachers or counselors who already possess initial teaching or educational specialist certificates. Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements for graduate studies at Drexel University.

Program Requirements

Students will not be recommended for the School Principal Certificate until all course requirements are met, the initial teaching or educational specialist certificate has been received, and all required sections of the Praxis Exams have been taken, and three years of satisfactory professional school experience have been completed. Minimum coursework requirements for the School Principal Certificate include 24.0 credits of specific pedagogy as outlined below.  Students must achieve the grade of B or better in each graduate level course needed for certification and receive passing Praxis Exam scores in order to satisfy requirements for the desired certification.

Certification Courses
EDAM 702School Leadership & Decision Making3.0
EDAM 705School Law and Politics3.0
EDAM 708Integration of Technology with School Instruction and Management 3.0
EDAM 710School Finance and Facilities3.0
EDAM 712School and Community Partnerships and Relations 3.0
EDAM 714Instructional and Curriculum Leadership 3.0
EDAM 715School Principal Internship: Technology 1.5
EDAM 716School Principal Internship: Finance 1.5
EDAM 717School Principal Internship: Leadership1.5
EDAM 718School Principal Internship: Relations1.5
Total Credits24.0

Students working toward School Principal Certification engage in a corresponding 1.5-credit school-based internship when enrolled in EDAM 715, EDAM 716, EDAM 717, EDAM 718 related to each course's content.

Students who possess a valid state-issued teacher or educational specialist certification and have completed a minimum of three years of satisfactory professional school experience upon successful completion of these certification courses, and who also meet the current state minimum score on the appropriate Praxis Exam may apply for School Principal Certification.

Students can receive a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration while pursuing the School Principal Certification. For additional information, visit the Educational Administration catalog page.

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