PK-12 Principal Certification

PK-12 Principal Certification

Contact Us

Ms. Candy Ryan
  COE Graduate Program Coordinator
  Phone: 570-389-4865

This master's program for Pennsylvania Pk-12 principal certification seeks to recruit individuals who are proactive in meeting the diverse needs of students. We pride ourselves with the ability to provide job embedded learning through various situations and settings. We also strive to constantly integrate present principals and administrators into our program to create meaningful learning experiences to our future school leaders.

Program Admission

  • Complete a graduate school application.
  • Submit an official undergraduate transcript (3.0 undergraduate GPA).
  • Submit a written statement that explains the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a principal certification
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit a current PA Instructional Certificate
  • Submit three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s leadership ability, capacity to be a successful school principal, academic suitability, and professional demeanor
  • Schedule an interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator, Candy Ryan, to clarify program requirements, discuss goals, evaluate academic records and outline a long ‐ range program
  • Applicants must also satisfy the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies.

Academic Requirements and Information


Required Courses

Course Sequence

Program Faculty


Practicing educators with proven satisfactory experience apply to the K-12 Principal Certificate Program. Candidates are required to complete 15-33 credits.

Classes are typically offered during the evening 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

  • PDE Approved for PK-12 Principal Cert.
  • Online classes are available and growing! A student can earn their certification online with the exception of the required practicum/internship.
  • You are required to have a seasoned (at least three years’ experience) principal to act as your mentor throughout the program.


Graduate students must take a minimum of nine semester hours per calendar year and a QPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained. Students not taking a minimum of nine semester hours per calendar year will be considered inactive and will have to contact the COE Graduate Program Coordinator or Academic Advisor to be reactivated. Students have six years to complete their chosen degree or certification program.

Transfer Credits

Students desiring to transfer credits must make this request upon application to their chosen program. Degree students are limited up to nine semester hours or parallel courses (determined by BU) from accredited institutions, upon approval, may be accepted toward completing the degree requirements of this program. However, no courses will be transferred in which a grade less than a B was earned. Pass/fail grades are not acceptable.