Principalship Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Person-in-ChargeKevin Kinser
Program CodeIPRIN

University Park

World Campus

The Penn State Principal Graduate Certificate is aligned with the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership standards (PIL), as well as the standards of CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) formerly known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program has two important features:

  1. A standardized Principal Graduate Certificate is offered so that all students receive a consistent, high quality, and uniform program.
  2. The specific designated courses cover all national and PIL (Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership) standards. All course assignments and student results are aligned with these standards.

Effective Semester:  Summer 2024
Expiration Semester:  Summer 2029

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
EDLDR 540Technology Applications in Educational Leadership3
EDLDR 559School Improvement3
EDLDR/C-S 560Principles of Instructional Supervision3
EDLDR 568The Principalship3
EDLDR 576The Law and Education3
EDLDR 595Internship (Principal Internship)3
Total Credits18


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Gerald K Letendre
Program Contact

Jean A McMahon
200 Rackley Bldg
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-0619

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Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Gerald K Letendre
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Edward J Fuller
Program Contact

Mark Ivicic
200 Rackley Bldg
University Park PA 16802

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