Frequently Asked Questions about Education Programs

Principal Certification: Educational Leadership

Q: How many credits are in the Principalship Certification program?

A: Students typically take 30 credits. We recommend that Principalship students have a master's degree or master's equivalency.

Q: How many years of teaching experience do I need?

A: The requirement is three years to enter the program and five years by the time you will have completed your course work.

Q: How are courses offered?

A: Courses are offered in a 7-week format. Classes typically meet two evenings a week, on Saturdays, or in a hybrid format blending in-class and online instruction. There are six 7-week sessions each academic year. You may begin at the start of any session. The program may be completed at Penn State Great Valley, at Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus in Center Valley, PA, or at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) in Lancaster, PA.

Q: What is the make up of your faculty?

A: Our faculty are current practitioners in the field of educational administration. They are school principals, superintendents, attorneys who specialize in school law, and members of other areas of public education. They come from rural, suburban, and urban districts with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Please see the Principal Certification (Administrative Level I) admissions page.

Q: How do I find out more?

A: It's easy to get started. To speak with an academic adviser, call us at 610-648-3312 or email

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