Online K-12 Principal Certification
Prepare to lead your school as a principal with Gwynedd Mercy University. Our online K-12 Principal Certification program offers you the professional knowledge and practical leadership skills development you need to join the next generation of school leaders.
This 30-credit program has been designed for applicants who have a relevant professional experience and who have at least three years’ professional experience in an educational setting that is related to the instructional process. After completing this program and passing the School Leaders Licensure Assessment in the School Leadership Test Series, you will be eligible for principal certification.
Take the Lead as a Principal
Our online K-12 principal certification program offers a blend of theoretical knowledge, practical strategy, and hands-on practicum experience supervised by a mentor administrator at a local school.
Students take thirty credits of coursework online. Classes are presented one at a time in seven-week blocks.
- Educational Leadership
- Standards Aligned Systems and Curriculum and Instructional Supervision
- Seminar on Current Issues in Education
- School Law and Policy Issues
- Human Resources and Staff Development
- Practicum I: Leadership and School Administration
- Communication and Public Relations
- School Resources Management
- Practicum II: K-12 Principalship
After successfully completing this program, you will be prepared to manage resources, work with staff, and become an advocate for your school in the wider community.
Who Can Apply
Gwynedd Mercy University has designed this online certificate program for educators who hold a master’s degree and can demonstrate at least three years of experience working in a relevant professional setting.
Applicants must have earned at least a 3.0 during their master’s degree to apply.
Applicants who fall just below the minimum GPA requirement (2.7-2.9 GPA) may request a review of their application by the program director. However, acceptance of an application for review does not guarantee admission to the program.
Do Even More for Your School
If you’re ready to take the first step towards your career goals as a K-12 Principal, contact Gwynedd Mercy University today.
Licensure: This program was designed to meet the licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s licensure requirements prior to enrolling in this program. For more information, please visit out Program Licensure Requirements page.