Academic Programs of Study
School Principal Certification
School Principal Certification
- Convenient, low-residency program
- Courses taught by experienced school administrators
- Yearlong supervised internship
- Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Marywood University’s principal certification program educates school principals who serve children, families, teachers, and communities in ethical and inspiring ways. Our program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Our 18-credit principal certification program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Courses are delivered in hybrid and online formats, while periodic on-campus workshops afford you the opportunity to network with current and aspiring school leaders, hear engaging speakers, and review your coursework. A required year-long internship provides hands-on experience in a public or private school setting.
Experienced and Accomplished Faculty
Courses are taught by experienced principals, superintendents, and other school administrators from throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. Using national standards, best practices, and current research, our faculty will guide you through the challenging issues confronting school principals today.
More About This Degree
- Learn more about this program or visit the Education website.
- College of Professional Studies
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- 18 Credit Hours Required
- This program is accredited by the
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Programs for the preparation of elementary, secondary, K-12 and special education teachers and for the preparation of other school personnel including school psychologists, guidance counselors, principals, superintendents, librarians, reading specialists, speech and language pathologists, home school visitors, and supervisory personnel are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Our program provides the certification you need to become a K-12 principal in Pennsylvania. Because our courses are tied to national standards and taught by practicing school administrators, you can rest assured that Marywood’s principal certification program will prepare you to address the most pressing problems facing today’s school leaders.
I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.
I graduated from Marywood in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in special education and middle school math/science. While at Marywood, I participated in alternative spring break service trips to places like West Virginia, New York City, and Guatemala. These experiences led me to participate in a year of service after I graduated. I became an AmeriCorps member in Palm Beach County, Florida where I worked at Believers Academy, an emotional/behavioral high school. My main focus was to help students improve their reading skills, but I also helped with job skills, such as creating a resume and filling out an application. I also worked numerous community-based service projects throughout the year including Habitat for Humanity, Surfers for Autism, and Special Olympics.
The students and staff that I worked with during my year of service were so amazing and truly touched my heart. The following school year, I transitioned from an AmeriCorps member to a full-time math and science teacher at Believers Academy. I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.
Specific Program Requirements
- 1 year of teaching experience with Level I certificate
- Personal statement
- Letter of recommendation from a school principal in your district