School Principal Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 24.0 (if not pursuing MS program); 45.0 (if pursuing of MS program)
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 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.
The School Superintendent (Letter of Eligibility) available in the Ed.D. program was designed to offer future school district leaders current research-based knowledge in creative instructional, community, and technological leadership.

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 certificates and requires a minimum of three years of professional experience to apply for certification. 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, initial teaching 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. These credits may be incorporated into the graduate Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum program or into the electives portion of another approved Drexel master’s degree program. 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.

School Principal Courses
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction *3.0
EDUC 523Diagnostic Teaching *4.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design *3.0
EDUC 702School Leadership & Decision Making3.0
EDUC 705School Law and Politics3.0
EDUC 708Integration of Technology with School Instruction and Management3.0
EDUC 710School Finance and Facilities3.0
EDUC 712School and Community Partnerships and Relations3.0
EDUC 714Instructional and Curriculum Leadership3.0
EDUC 715School Principal Internship: Technology1.5
EDUC 716School Principal Internship: Finance1.5
EDUC 717School Principal Internship: Leadership1.5
EDUC 718School Principal Internship: School and Community Relations1.5
Total Credits34.0



Not required for students who pursue the School Principal Certificate without working toward the master's degree.


Students working toward School Principal Certification engage in a corresponding 1.5-credit school-based internship when enrolled in EDUC 708, EDUC 710, EDUC 712, and EDUC 714, related to each course's content.

Students who possess a valid state-issued teacher or counselor certification and have completed a minimum of three years of satisfactory professional school experience upon successful completion of theses core courses, and who also meet the current state minimum score on the appropriate Praxis Exam may apply for School Principal Certification and continue working toward the master’s degree requirements.

Master of Science Degree Requirements
Once students complete the 24.0 core credits for the School Principal certification, an additional 21.0 core credits of Educational Administration courses are necessary to finish the Master of Science degree.

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