The Master of Education with Principal (PK-12) Certification Program is designed to enhance the scholarly and professional development of classroom teachers who aspire to gain an administrative position.  The program prepares future educational leaders to interact successfully with students, teachers, parents, school board members, and the community at large. The program prepares educators to meet the Pennsylvania Principal (PK-12) Certification requirements. Students graduate with a Master of Education degree and Principal Certification which gives a strong impetus to their career development. 

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Educational Leadership Program Mission

In keeping with Alvernia's Christian commitment toward the harmonious development of the whole person, The Principals' Certification Program aims to develop self-directed and competent building administrators who are capable of and accountable for decision-making in all phases of their professional responsibilities.


The program starts on Aug. 22 & Oct. 13 in 2022; Jan. 17, Mar. 9, & July 10 in 2023. 

The program provides professional educators with a broad-based knowledge of leadership in the field of education, whether for an administrative position or for a classroom teacher serving in a leadership capacity, such as a department chair, committee head, or community leader. The curriculum includes both historical and current knowledge of legislation, laws and research findings, existing and emerging theory, and methods of assessment. Students learn to encourage respect and social responsibility through the mastery of  theory, fundamental techniques, and research-based best practices.

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Questions? Contact:

Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

610.796.8296 (phone),  610.796.8367 (fax)


Elena Lawrick, Ph.D.

Chair, Education Department


Master of Education with Principal Certification