Educational Leadership/School Principal Certificate
Be sure to read this important overview and information, including application information, about outcomes for graduate students in the master in educational leadership/school principal certification.
In addition to on-campus classes, graduate education courses in school administration are offered at off-campus locations such as the Olympic ESD #114 in Bremerton, and in the Stanwood School District. Check the Time Schedule to determine when these occur.
A School Principal "Certificate Only" program (30 credits) is also available for those who already hold a master's or other advanced degree.
MASTER OF EDUCATION IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program (51 credits) is designed to prepare an individual for a position as a school principal or program leader in the elementary or secondary school.
This degree is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its successful completion will qualify the student for a Washington Residency PK–12 Certificate as a school principal.
A year-long (9-credit) internship is a part of both the master's degree program in educational leadership and the Principal Certification-only program. It is a vital, integrative experience in which students perform administrative activities while being supervised in a school-district setting.
The primary objective is for the intern to acquire and practice the skills of effective management and leadership. Internship experiences will center on those competencies and skills defined in the Washington Administrative Code and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).
Each applicant to the educational leadership program must have had a minimum of three years' experience as a certified classroom teacher, or served in an ESA role for a minimum of three years in an instructional setting.
Exceptions should be approved through Richard Smith, chair and professor of educational leadership, at 206-281-2375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION FOR MASTER'S DEGREE
This two-part examination, consisting of a written essay and an oral defense of the answers to these questions, is usually completed at the end of the program.
An application, available in the School of Education, should be submitted to the graduate program manager of school counseling two quarters in advance. The oral defense is arranged individually through the chair of the program. The written test is to be completed prior to the oral defense.
ITEMS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION REVIEW
Applicants are to submit the following items to The Graduate Center to be considered for admissions:
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People who otherwise qualify to enter the educational leadership program and already have a master's or other advanced degree need not complete a second master's degree to obtain certification as a school principal.
It is necessary to complete only the school principal certification courses (21 credits) and internship (9 credits). The same guidelines and procedures for program admission apply.