The Program in Educational Leadership leading to a Master of Education with K-12 Principal Certification is the ideal program for educators who want to make a difference in education. This program prepares teachers and supervisors to take leadership positions.  Aligned with the general standards and specific program guidelines by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the program helps candidates meet Pennsylvania certification requirements in K-12 educational administration.

The program’s curriculum prepares future educational leaders to interact successfully with students, teachers, parents, school board members, and the community at large.Students graduate with both their Master of Education and Principal Certification at the same time, thus increasing their marketability.


Requirements for K-12 Principal Certification

Five years of satisfactory performance in the area of teaching certification must be completed before applying to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Principal Certification.Applicants can start working on their time during the principal certification program at Alvernia University, but it must be completed to apply for certification.


Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed

Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services, School of Graduate and Adult Education

610-796-8296 (phone) 610-796-8367 (fax)


Cynthia Mensch

Director of Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190

Pottsville, PA 17901



Dana Baker

Director of Philadelphia Center

1355 West Cheltenham Avenue

Melrose Park, PA 19027



William Harst, B.S.Ed., Ed.M., Ed.D.

“The Principal Certification program will prepare practitioners to become change agents within their school environment.  In our program theory is matched with practice to ensure that our graduates will lead educational institutions with competence and integrity.”


Christopher Brommer, Principal Certification ’07

“Alvernia University's Principal Certification program has provided me with the background knowledge and skills to succeed as a future administrator. It's a great program that helped me grow professionally and develop my administrative skills to work in our schools.”


Salvador Sepulveda Jr., Principal Certification ’07

“I think it's a great program due to the fact that students not only learn from their instructors but also learn from each other. My time in the Principal Certification Program at Alvernia University was a great experience that left me personally as well as professionally fulfilled.”

MED with Principal Certification