California University of Pennsylvania

250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394

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California University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Education in School Administration- Administration Program for Principals is a good solution for those professionals who are too busy working to dedicate time to physically attend college. The goal of this program is to offer courses to help interested individuals earn a degree towards becoming a K-12 school principal.

For this program, administration pertains to a principal position, but other forms of administration could include vice-principal, dean, or consultant. The roles of a principal include managing faculty and counseling. Principals often offer help and care to others (listening, encouraging, supporting) within the school in terms of staff, faculty, and students.

This online program meets Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, and graduates of the program may use completion as certification and professional development requirements in states other than Pennsylvania. Students that already hold a master’s degree have the option of completing the 24-credit K-12 principal certificate program so they don’t have to enroll in the full master’s program.

However, it is important for out-of-state students to check with Cal U if they wish to gain certification in PA. Also, out-of-state students seeking certification in their own state will want to check with their Department of Education to make sure this certification will meet their state’s requirements.

Some required courses for all students include Orientation and Assessment, Educational Leadership, School Law and Ethics, and School Community Relations Seminar. An internship (completed in two parts) is also required. For those who are taking the entire master’s program, Supervised Field Project/Leadership and Supervised Field Project/Research and Evaluation is also required.

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    Students must have a 3.0 GPA, current teaching certification, and at least an undergraduate degree

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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