Educational Leadership and Policy

Shippensburg University has partnered with the Dixon University Center and Cumberland Valley District to offer courses in the following programs designed for working professionals. These programs and cohorts offer a convenient location, online components, evening and/or weekend courses and the respected reputation of Shippensburg’s outstanding educational leadership programs.

School Administration M.Ed. + Principal Certificate 

Blended Face-to-face and Online
  • 33-credit cohort program allows students to earn both the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and the Principal Certificate at the same time  
  • Complete in years or less 
  • 3 weekends a semester per course 
  • Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) approved 

Supervisory/Principal Certificate 

Post-M.Ed. Program 
  • For those who have earned a master’s degree and want the principal’s or supervisor’s certificate 
  • Only 6-7 courses, depending on student background (5 courses and 2 practicums) 
  • 3 weekends a semester per course 
  • Supervisory certificate offered in the following fields: 
    Communication/English, Counseling, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Pupil Services, Reading, Science, Social Studies/Citizenship, Special Education  
  • Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) approved

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility 

    Leadership Residency Program Option

    *First of its kind in Pennsylvania!

    • Fully field-based practicum series of 6 residencies that focus on key leadership competencies (Act 45 and Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) approved)
    • Complete residencies in your home school district in about one and a half years while remaining in your current position 
    • Designed for those interested in the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility and tailored for those seeking alternative pathways to executive-level certification 
    • Each residency is 4 credits and will be co-supervised by a university faculty member, a practicing expert in the field, and a district-based facilitator/mentor 
    • A maximum of 14 candidates will be selected for the next cohort, with an anticipated start in the Fall 2016. Join the waiting list for this cohort HERE.
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