Earn your Online Principal Certification at GMercyU

Online Principal Certification Program (K-12) Post-Master's

Graduate from Classroom Leadership to School Leadership

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.

The GMercyU Difference

Through a combination of online coursework and in-person practicum experiences, GMercyU’s online principal certification program will help you develop:

  • Practical managerial skills that will help you nurture talent in your teachers and staff
  • Insight into issues of school finance, law, and community relations
  • Understanding of the social, political, and economic issues that influence public education in the United States

Our program features industry-leading interactive collaboration tools powered by Teachscape® that lets you form close working relationships with our expert faculty members and your classmates. 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:

  • Think and plan strategically to create an organizational vision focused on student success and communicate the vision to all relevant stakeholders
  • Create an organizational culture of teaching and learning in which student learning is paramount
  • Manage resources effectively to bring about desired results
  • Collaborate, communicate and empower others inside and outside the organization to pursue excellence in learning
  • Operate fairly and equitably exhibiting personal and professional integrity

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.

Admission Requirements – Post-Master’s Certification Programs

To qualify for admission to our post-master’s education certification programs, you must provide:

  • Proof you have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0* 
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Proof of a current Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A current professional resume demonstrating at least five years of full-time teaching experience
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one page, double-spaced)
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your native language

*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.

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).

Become a school principal

Learn more about how you can become a leader in education with our innovative online principal certification program. Call 844-707-9064 or  send e-mail to accelerate@gmercyu.edu to contact an admissions counselor. You also can begin your application online now! 

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