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Post-Master’s Certification: Principals & Superintendents

The Principals and Superintendents Program

Students who have earned a MEd in Educational Leadership and need only K-12 Principal Certification may apply to the Dean of Admissions for the Post-master’s K-12 Principal Certification Program. Applicants must apply for admission to the respective program with the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admission Requirements

  • A copy of your teaching certificate and evidence of two years of successful teaching experience in elementary, middle, or secondary schools.
  • If you did not complete the Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at Shippensburg University, you must also provide official transcripts from any institution where you did undergraduate or graduate work.
  • Two reference forms available from the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education. One reference must be from a chief school officer (district superintendent or intermediate unit executive director) in the school where you are currently or most recently employed. The second reference must be either from a principal or immediate supervisor.
  • A statement of purpose for seeking principal certification.
  • The faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education will determine recommendation for admission to the certification program.

Policies for the Certification Program

  • A minimum of five years of professional school experience is required for the Administrative I certificate.
  • A “B” average must be maintained for the credits required for certification, with not more than one “C” grade included.
  • Courses or prescribed experiences may be repeated only with the approval of the student’s adviser and the chair of Educational Leadership & Special Education.
  • Prescribed experiences for the certification program must be completed within a three-year period. These requirements will apply unless an extension is granted for extenuating circumstances.
  • Individuals pursuing principal certification who have not gone through a candidacy review for the master’s degree with Shippensburg’s Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education may be required to complete an oral review.
  • It is essential that you work closely with your adviser throughout the program. Post-master's students must complete 15 credit hours at Shippensburg University in order to be recommended for certification.
  • Practicum experiences are individually prescribed programs based upon the competencies of the program and the experiences of the candidate.

Principals and Superintendents Degree Requirements

Post-Master's Degree Certification Program for School Principals

A minimum of 15 credits is required as outlined below. A candidate who has completed a master’s degree other than the Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at Shippensburg University will not be required to complete a second master’s degree, but may take additional courses identified as necessary to attain the required competencies.

  • ELP514 Practicum I Leadership Field Experiences at the Building Level (PILs)
  • ELP516 Curriculum Assessment and Instruction PK-12 for Diverse Student Populations (PILs)
  • ELP518 The Role of Supervision in Promoting Student Achievement (PILs)
  • ELP519 Advanced Leadership and the School Principal PK-12 (PILs)
  • ELP520 School Finance and Student Learning (PILs)
  • ELP521 Legal and Ethical Issues that Impact on Student Learning (PILs)
  • ELP522 Practicum II Advanced Leadership Field Experiences at the Building Level (PILs)

Note: PILs: Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership focused course.

PRAXIS Exam

A passing score on the PRAXIS test is required for principal and supervisory certification.

Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Program

Those who hold the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility can be commissioned to serve in the following positions within Pennsylvania schools:

  • District superintendent
  • Assistant district superintendent
  • Intermediate unit executive director
  • Intermediate unit assistant
  • Executive director of an intermediate unit
  • Central office position such as supervisor of curriculum and instruction
  • Supervisor of pupil services

This certification program satisfies all the standards of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education governing the issuance of this certificate. Shippensburg University’s certification program completely satisfies all standards of the Commonwealth and provides the student completing this program with the knowledge, competencies, and skills needed to function in roles requiring this certification. We recognize that many applicants have had considerable graduate course work in educational administration and/or related fields and may hold certification as a principal or supervisor. Graduate course work and credit hours will be considered and credited, if applicable, toward the requirements for this certification.

Students will have a customized course of study tailored to meet their individual needs. This includes out-of-state candidates whose requirements can be coordinated to meet the requirements of the state of residence. Past academic work and job experiences will be assessed as well as the skills and competencies mastered by the candidate prior to the construction of the candidate’s individualized program.

Requirements for Admission to the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Certification Program

  • File an application for admission to this certification with the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • If you did not complete the Master of Education degree in educational leadership nor your certification programs at Shippensburg University, you must provide an official transcript from any institution where you did undergraduate or graduate work.
  • Applicants who have satisfied their master’s degree and certification requirements at another college or university or earned their advanced degree outside the field of educational leadership at Shippensburg University may be required to successfully complete an oral review conducted by the faculty of the department. This review will be conducted after the applicant has taken 6 hours of graduate work in the department.
  • Take a minimum of 15 credit hours with the department.
  • Two reference forms available from the department. One reference must be from a chief school officer (district superintendent or intermediate unit executive director) in the school where you are currently or were most recently employed. The second reference must be given to another school administrator.
  • Possess a QPA of at least a 3.0 in all graduate work taken prior to application to this program.
  • Meet all standards governing admission to graduate education at Shippensburg University and those admission standards established by the department.

The Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education of Shippensburg University will determine final recommendation for admission to this certification program.

Policies for Completing the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Program

  • A minimum of six years of professionally certificated services in the basic schools, three years of which shall have been in supervisory or administrative positions.
  • Maintain at least a “B” average in all course work, with not more than one “C” grade included in this average. Obtaining a second grade of a “C” will cause the student to be dropped from this program.
  • Enroll for a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours per year.
  • Work closely with your adviser while enrolled in this program.
  • In addition to completing the course requirements specified on your individual program of studies, you must demonstrate, through appropriate practicum activities, field experiences, and a written/oral competency exam, you have acquired the knowledge, skills, and competencies to render effective leadership in schools and educational institutions. Your leadership, scholarship, and interpersonal skills shall be monitored most carefully throughout your program of studies and during your practicum and field experiences.
  • Satisfy all final evaluation policies and procedures established by the department for students in the Letter of Eligibility program.

Student Advisement of the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Program

  • You will be assigned a faculty adviser by the chair of the department.
  • The faculty adviser is responsible for promptly meeting with you and to review your academic records, degrees, certification, and professional experiences. The adviser will consult with you and then construct an individualized program of studies designed to meet your professional needs as well as satisfying the requirements for certification.
  • The adviser will keep you apprised of all policies, regulations, and procedures relating to the Letter of Eligibility Program. It is the responsibility of both you and your adviser to consult with one another on a continuous basis during the time you are enrolled in your program of studies.
  • Seek advice and counsel of your adviser when the need arises. The adviser is your contact person for any questions or concerns related to your graduate program at Shippensburg.
  • Your adviser will serve on the oral review panel at the completion of the program.
  • Your adviser will continually review your progress, academic work, and general overall standing and report any concerns to both you and the department.
  • Your advisor is responsible for conducting a final exit review to ascertain that you have met all the requirements prior to recommending you for certification to the department.
  • The department faculty reviews all students’ academic records prior to recommending a student to the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Superintendent’s Certification.

Program of Studies for the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Program

A minimum of 15 graduate credits is required.

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • ELP515 The Role of Research and Data Informed Decision-Making for School Leaders
  • ELP516 Curriculum Assessment and Instruction PK-12 for Diverse Student Populations (PILs)

Required Core Courses

  • ELP621 Practicum I Strategic Leadership in District Governance (PILs)
  • ELP622 The Superintendent as a School and Community Leader (PILs)
  • ELP623 Negotiations and Personnel Strategic Decision Making (PILs)
  • ELP624 Ethical and Legal Decision-making at the District Level (PILs)
  • ELP625 The Impact of Facilities and Plant Management Decisions on School Effectiveness (PILs)
  • ELP626 Optimizing Financial Resources to Support District Level Achievement (PILs)
  • ELP627 Practicum II Strategic Instructional Leadership (PILs)

Note: PILs: Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership focused course.

Faculty

Each member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education holds an earned doctorate and holds (or has held) an administrative position in education. The faculty is known not only for its high professional qualifications but for the excellence of its relationships with its students.