To apply for the Principal Certification (PK-12) program, please follow the steps below:


  • Complete an online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way.


  • Pay $50 application fee (non-refundable).


  • Order your official transcript(s). Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where coursework was attempted. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum 3.0 GPA from all prior coursework, undergraduate (final) as well as subsequent graduate coursework. The following undergraduate credit hours are required for acceptance:

      - Six (6) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of undergraduate mathematics

      - Six (6) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of undergraduate English composition and British or American literature   


  • Provide a current PA Instructional Certification or Teaching License from another state or foreign country.


  • Submit Clearances as required by the state of Pennsylvania prior to the first course start date.


  • Submit a Personal Statement (one page in length) that summarizes your professional goals relevant to the Principal Certification program. The Personal Statement may be uploaded in the online application.


  • Submit your Resume (may be uploaded in online application).


  • Have an Interview with the Program Coordinator/Committee (optional).  The applicant will be contacted if the Coordinator/Committee requests a personal interview.


  • Provide additional evidence of potential for success (e.g. academic or professional awards, special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work, and completion of specialized examinations). This is not not required but recommended.


  • Provide evidence of English language proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English should demonstrate their proficiency in English by meeting the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores (please contact the admissions staff with questions).


Questions? Contact: 


Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions & Student Services

School of Graduate and Adult Education



Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.

Coordinator, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Programs



Cynthia Mensch

Director, Schuylkill Center



Dana Baker

Director, Philadelphia Center


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