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Graduate Degree Programs

Principalship

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Ronald Musoleno, Associate Professor of Education
204B Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-5923
Email: rrm18@psu.edu

The goal of the program is to prepare students to apply for principal certification by earning 18 credits in Educational Leadership coursework. Successful completion of coursework required for the iPrin Certificate partially fulfills Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements for principal certification. This curriculum has been approved by PDE. Note that some states have reciprocity with Pennsylvania and may recognize completion of course work leading to certification.  A U.S. student should check first with their state about reciprocity before applying to the certificate program. International students can enhance their professional credentials by earning the certificate and may be qualified to manage and lead a U.S.-based school overseas. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for courses counting toward the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.  

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

Required Courses:

EDLDR 559 School Improvement (3)
EDLDR 560 (C & S 560) Principles of Instructional Supervision (3)
EDLDR 568 The Principalship (3)
EDLDR 576 The Law and Education (3)
EDLDR 579 Financial Management for Schools (3)
EDLDR 595A Principal Internship (3)

Effective Semester:  Fall 2014
Expiration Semester:  Spring 2019

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