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Principal Certification in Pennsylvania


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Prepare Yourself for a Leadership Position as a Principal or School Administrator

Point Park University's K-12 school principal certificate is an 18-credit, post-baccalaureate program designed for certified teachers who are interested in broadening their career opportunities and moving into administrative positions within schools. To be eligible for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, candidates must have three years of professional experience in an educational setting that is related to the instructional process and pass the required Praxis exams.

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At Point Park, we understand the needs of today's students and have tailored our graduate education programs to offer flexible delivery formats including on-campus and fully online.

Choose Your Learning Style: Downtown Campus or Fully Online

Our PA school principal certificate program is conveniently offered in two formats, allowing students to customize their learning experience.

Choose from one of the following delivery formats:

  • Downtown campus: All face-to-face classes at Point Park's campus in Downtown Pittsburgh

  • Fully onlineAn active and engaging online classroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically

Principal Certification Courses

Some of the courses in the principal certification program include:

  • Educational Administration
  • Curriculum, Supervision and Leadership
  • The Principalship
  • Applied Research Practicum


Courses in the principal certification program are taught by faculty who have years of real-world experience as principals, superintendents and other education administrators. 

Tuition Information

For details on Point Park University tuition and fees for 2017-18, please visit our tuition and fees page.