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College of Education

Principal Certification

Preparing to lead


Our programs fit your experience

There are a variety of ways to obtain initial Principal Certification at Seattle University. The pathway you choose depends on your educational goals and whether you are starting your program with a bachelor's degree or a master's degree. All principal certification programs are designed for the working professional.

Post-Master’s Principal Certificate

Seattle University’s Principal Certificate prepares K-12 certified professionals to lead elementary or secondary schools. This program attracts aspiring administrators who are passionate about making a difference — and who see themselves as leaders of other professionals in pursuit of excellence for students, staff and schools.

The Post-Master’s Principal Certificate is designed for working professionals and who already have a master’s degree. The program offers evening and weekend class times and takes only six quarters to complete.  The cohort begins each spring.

Admission Deadlines

  • Application deadline: February 20
  • Deadlines for international students are available on the Graduate Admissions website.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application form and $55 non-refundable application fee
  • College of Education Self-Evaluation Form provided through the application
  • Résumé reflecting at least one year’s successful relevant work experience
  • Evidence of earned master’s degree from regionally accredited institution or U.S. equivalent. As evidence submit official, degree-posted transcripts from all graduate-level coursework. If transcripts are mailed directly to the applicant, envelopes must remain sealed.
  • Two recommendations from supervisors within past five years using College of Education Recommendation forms provided through the application.
  • Interview with on-site writing sample.

English Language Requirement

Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status.

Graduate applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degrees from recognized colleges in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia and who have continued to reside in countries where English is the primary language for at least two years prior to applying to Seattle University will have this requirement waived.

English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT), or 580 (PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 62.

Post-Master’s Principal Certificate Requirements (37 credits)

  • EDAD 5000 - Intr. to Socially Just School Leadership School Leadership Roles and Responsibilities (2)
  • EDAD 5010 - Leadership to Develop and Sustain Culturally Responsive Learning Communities (2)
  • EDAD 5011 - Individual Work Planning to Ensure Quality Leadership Development (1)
  • EDAD 5012 - Team Building and Organizational Development (2)
  • EDAD 5013 - Leadership that Promotes Quality Principles for Teaching and Learning and Data Use (2)
  • EDAD 5021 - Supervision for Quality Teaching and Learning for All (1)
  • EDAD 5022 - Supervision for Quality Teaching and Learning for All (1)
  • EDAD 5031 - Pro-seminar year-long (2)
  • EDAD 5041 - Internship year-long (4)
  • EDAD 5023 - Supervision for Quality Teaching and Learning for All (1)
  • EDAD 5032 - Pro-seminar year- long (2)
  • EDAD 5042 - Internship year-long (4)
  • EDAD 5033 - Pro-seminar year-long (2)
  • EDAD 5043 - Internship year-long (4)
  • EDAD 5014 - Leadership for Equitable Fiscal Management to Advance Quality Learning for All Learners (2)
  • EDAD 5015 - School Leadership for Adult Learning and Professional Development (1)
  • EDAD 5016 - Community Engaged Leadership for Excellence and Sustainability (1)
  • EDAD 5017 - Leadership to Ensure Ethical Practice (2)
  • EDAD 5018 - Understanding and Implementing School Law and Policy (1)

To learn more, contact the Educational Administration program at EdAdmin@seattleu.edu.

Course of Study

Year 1

Spring

  • EDAD 5000 Introduction to Socially Just School Leadership School Leadership Roles and Responsibilities (2)
  • EDAD 5010 Leadership to Develop and Sustain Culturally Responsive Learning Communities (2)

Summer

  • EDAD 5011 Individual Work Planning to Ensure Quality Leadership Development (1)
  • EDAD 5012 Team Building and Organizational Development (2)
  • EDAD 5013 Leadership that Promotes Quality Principles for Teaching and Learning and Data Use (2)
  • EDAD 5021 Supervision for Quality Teaching and Learning for All (1)

Fall

  • EDAD 5022 Supervision for Quality Teaching and Learning for All (1)
  • EDAD 5031 Pro-seminar, year-long (2)
  • EDAD 5041 Internship, year-long (4)

Winter

  • EDAD 5023 Supervision for Quality Teaching and Learning for All (1)
  • EDAD 5032 Pro-seminar, year-long (2)
  • EDAD 5042 Internship, year-long (4)

Year 2

Spring

  • EDAD 5033 Pro-Seminar, year long (2)
  • EDAD 5043 Internship, year-long (4)

Summer

  • EDAD 5014 Leadership for Equitable Fiscal Management to Advance Quality Learning for All Learners (2)
  • EDAD 5015 School Leadership for Adult Learning and Professional Development (1)
  • EDAD 5016 Community Engaged Leadership for Excellence and Sustainability (1)
  • EDAD 5017 Leadership to Ensure Ethical Practice (2)
  • EDAD 5018 Understanding and Implementing School Law and Policy (1)

Upcoming Information Sessions

Educational Administration (MEd, Post-Master's Certification) Online Info Sessions

  • Wed, September 27 at 6:30pm PST
  • Tues, October 17 at 6:30pm PST
  • Wed, November 15 at 6:30pm PST

RSVP for these sessions here (session link provided upon registration)

Educational Leadership Doctorate Online Info Sessions

  • Thurs, September 28 at 6pm PST
  • Wed, October 18 at 6pm PST
  • Tues, November 14 at 5pm PST

RSVP for these sessions here (session link provided upon registration)

Graduate Admissions Open Houses

  • Fri, October 6, 2017
  • 4-6pm
  • Student Center, First Floor
  • RSVP here
  • Sat, January 27, 2018
  • 9:30-11:30am