Post-Master's Degree Certification Program for School Principals

Shippensburg University's Post-Master's Degree Certification Program for School Principals is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. It has also been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership program.

What Will I Learn?

In this program, you will learn:

  • Skills necessary to be an effective school administrator
  • Strategies to support the diverse needs of students, families and staff
  • Communication techniques to address contemporary school leadership challenges

Coursework is a blend of theory and practical experiences to develop effective leadership knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Supervision and evaluation
  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • School law
  • Finance
  • Educational leadership preparation

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Meet Alicia Bruno

“The courses offered at Shippensburg allow you to envision yourself obtaining your goals as you are working towards them simultaneously.”

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What are the requirements for this degree?

Applicants must have:

  • A teaching certificate and evidence of three years of successful teaching (K-12)
  • An official transcript for a master’s degree from an institution other than Shippensburg University
  • A statement of purpose for seeking principal certification
  • Recommendation forms:
    • One from an administrator in a school you currently teach or have recently taught
    • One from the chief school administrator

In addition to the five foundational courses required for the program, you will complete two field experiences with the support of your school/district mentor and a university supervisor. The field experience totals 360 leadership hours over two semesters in concert with your full-time position.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program prepares you to work in the following areas:

  • School administration
  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Content area supervision
  • Special education supervisor

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

All of the courses are taught by former administrators in the field of educational leadership. You will get to know your professors, who are able to mentor you toward potential career options.

The program is designed for students who are full-time educators. Courses are offered on weeknights and weekends to accommodate your schedule. The courses require you to be engaged in leadership activities in your professional setting throughout the program, including:

  • Developing a community project
  • Shadowing an administrator
  • Analyzing a curricular resource
  • Exploring policy development
  • Creating a building-level budget