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Prepare for the challenges of school leadership with GMercyU’s online 30-credit Administrative I Certification preparation program.* This comprehensive post-master’s online principal certification preparation program builds on your skills and experience to equip you to become an administrator or principal in a K-12 school.
Through a combination of online coursework and in-person practicum experiences, GMercyU’s online principal certification program will help you develop:
Courses are presented in an accelerated format where you'll take one course at a time in seven-week blocks. With GMercyU, you can prepare for the challenges of school leadership without disrupting your busy schedule.
What You Will Learn – Online Principal I Certification
As a GMercyU graduate, you will be able to:
Upon completing this program, you will be prepared to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment in the School Leadership Test Series to earn your Administrative I Certificate.
An Educational Community Dedicated to Your Success—and Your Students’ Success
At GMercyU, we select faculty members whose achievements inspire us. Our professors bring direct school experience, advanced research backgrounds, and a passion for teaching to your classroom. Their insights and mentorship will help you effectively create a safe, productive learning environment for all of your students.
Upon graduation, you and your classmates will join our extensive network of alumni. The colleagues, contacts, and friends you find in this leadership community will inspire you to continue to discover the Next.
To qualify for admission to our post-master’s education certification programs, you must provide:
*If your GPA was lower than 3.0, we encourage you to apply for evaluation on a case-by-case basis. Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee.
The online Principal Certification program consists of 30 credits. Please note that, as per Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations, you must have at least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience with an Instructional I certification before you can obtain Principal Certification.
*Certification: This program was designed to meet the certification requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s certification requirements prior to enrolling in this program.
|EDU 571||The Principalship|
|EDU 572||Curriculum and Instructional Supervision|
|EDU 573||Communications and School-Community Relations|
|EDU 574||School Law and Policy Issues|
|EDU 576||Human Resources and Staff Development|
|EDU 577||School Resources Management|
|EDU 578||Educational Leadership|
|EDU 579||Seminar on Current Issues in Education|
|EDU 595||Practicum I: Leadership and School Administration|
|EDU 596||Practicum II: K-12 Principalship|
To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog (PDF).