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  • School Principal Certification

    Overview

    The accredited online PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K-12 was designed to develop school leaders who can:

    • Lead schools collaboratively to solve complex problems in a framework of leadership standards
    • Educate students to achieve 21st century learning goals
    • Mentor and coach teachers in instructional and assessment decision-making
    • Reflect on practice to new action and research
    • Partner with schools/districts to mentor new leaders
    • Demonstrate competencies: active listening; speaking and writing; team building; and conflict resolution

    Program Features

    • A flexible, completely online program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule
    • Named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” preparing today’s educators by U.S. News & World Report
    • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • A highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction *3.0
    EDUC 523Diagnostic Teaching *4.0
    EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design *3.0
    EDUC 702School Leadership & Decision Making3.0
    EDUC 705School Law and Politics3.0
    EDUC 708Integration of Technology with School Instruction and Management3.0
    EDUC 710School Finance and Facilities3.0
    EDUC 712School and Community Partnerships and Relations3.0
    EDUC 714Instructional and Curriculum Leadership3.0
    EDUC 715School Principal Internship: Technology1.5
    EDUC 716School Principal Internship: Finance1.5
    EDUC 717School Principal Internship: Leadership1.5
    EDUC 718School Principal Internship: School and Community Relations1.5
    Total Credits34.0

    *Not required for those pursuing the School Principal Certificate without working toward the master's degree.


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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
      • One letter must come from the principal of the school where the applicant has worked.
      • This recommendation must speak to your presentation skills and experiences in leadership roles within a K-12 school setting as well as any skills that would have a strong bearing onyour success as a school leader or administrator.
    • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing this program
      • Include two paragraphs briefly describing your educational philosophy and how principals shape learning in K-12 schools.
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit)


    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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