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Principal Certification PK-12 (M.Ed.)

Elevate your career and prepare for a leadership role to set the course for student success with our PK-12 Principal Certification.

Degrees & Offerings
  • M.Ed.
  • M.Ed. + Certificate
  • Certificate
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Graduate Program Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction (without certification), Educational Leadership, Principal Certification, Supervisory C&I Certification
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The PK-12 Principal Certification is for practicing educators with proven experience and is offered as either a Master's in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) or as certification only. Our program 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.

Courses and Curriculum

Program Admission

  • Complete a graduate school application
  • Submit all official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. Minimum undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 required.
  • Submit a Statement of Goals that explains the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a principal certification
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit a copy of 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

Academic Requirements

Candidates for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership PK-12 Principal Certificate program are typically required to complete 33 credits in order to earn their Masters degree, while 30 credits are required for those candidates seeking the PK-12 Principal Certification only.

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

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


Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who do not take classes in either the fall and/or spring semesters will be considered inactive in MyHusky. Students are required to contact their Academic Advisor or Graduate Program Coordinator with their request to be reactivated. Their request is then forwarded to the Graduate Office, who will process the reactivation. Students have six calendar years to complete their chosen degree or certification program.

Transfer Credits

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

Pennsylvania Requirements for Certification

  • Provides verification of three years of relevant professional experience. For the purpose of this section, relevant professional experience is “professional experience in an educational setting that is related to the instructional process.”
  • Completes a Pennsylvania-approved, graduate-level principal certification program that includes an internship/practicum or an equivalent out-of-state program. A 3.0 program Grade Point Average (GPA) is required.
  • Provides evidence of satisfactory achievement on the Pennsylvania required test.

Please see the PDE website for additional requirements for PDE certification and for any updates as certification requirements may change over time.

Candidates for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership PK-12 Principal Certificate program are typically required to complete 33 credits in order to earn their Masters degree, while 30 credits are required for those candidates seeking the PK-12 Principal Certification only.

View Required Courses

M.Ed. PK-12 Principal Certification - Course Sequence Worksheet





PK-12 Principal Certification Only - Course Sequence Worksheet



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