Online Graduate Certificate – Principal

Develop the skills and qualifications you need to lead effectively as a school principal or administrator.

9/3/21 Next Application Due Date
9/20/21 Start Classes

Program Overview


Discover how the online Principal Graduate Certificate from EWU can advance your career

$8,800* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
32 Credit Hours

Prepare for positions of leadership in public, private, and charter schools with the online Graduate Certificate – Principal program from Eastern Washington University. This post-master's certificate program is based on state and national standards and will satisfy the requirements of the Washington State Department of Public Instruction for school principal certification.

The 100 percent online coursework is designed to enhance your expertise in governance, school law, leadership and strategic planning. You will also learn how to develop and implement curriculum, oversee teachers, and work more effectively with parents, the community, and district administrators. Taught by the same dedicated faculty who teach on campus, this online certificate program will prepare educators to be effective school leaders whether as principals, assistant principals, or program administrators.

The Eastern Washington University School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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$8,800* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
32 Credit Hours

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences educator programs are approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).

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Tuition


See why our online grad certificates are cost effective

This affordable Graduate Certificate – Principal online program features pay-by-the-course tuition, with the same rate for all in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$275 Per Credit Hour
$8,800* Total Tuition

*Tuition and fees subject to change. Total program cost does not include foundation courses. If foundation courses are required, the cost will be added to the total program cost.

Tuition breakdown:

$275 Per Credit Hour
$8,800* Total Tuition

Calendar


Don’t miss these important deadlines

The Graduate Certificate – Principal online program is designed to be flexible for working professionals, with six-week courses and seven start dates a year. View the full calendar for upcoming start dates and deadlines for registration, required documents, and tuition payment.

Now enrolling:

9/3/21 Next Application Deadline
9/20/21 Start Classes
TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Summer I7/6/216/21/216/28/216/30/217/4/218/15/21
Fall I9/20/219/3/219/13/219/15/219/18/2110/31/21
Fall II11/1/2110/18/2110/25/2110/27/2110/30/2112/12/21
Winter I1/3/2212/16/2112/23/2112/28/211/1/222/13/22
Winter II2/14/221/31/222/7/222/9/222/12/223/27/22
Spring I4/4/223/21/223/28/223/30/224/2/225/15/22
Spring II5/16/225/2/225/9/225/11/225/14/226/26/22
Summer I7/11/226/24/227/1/227/6/227/9/228/21/22
Fall I9/19/229/2/229/12/229/14/229/17/2210/30/22
Fall II10/31/2210/17/2210/24/2210/26/2210/29/2212/11/22

Now enrolling:

9/3/21 Next Application Deadline
9/20/21 Start Classes

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Admissions


Explore the admission requirements for this online principal certificate

We’ve streamlined the Graduate Certificate – Principal online admissions process to help you get started quickly and easily.

Admission Requirements:

  • Teaching certificate or ESA certification
  • Master’s degree in Education or related field
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities

Graduate Certificate – Principal Online Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in Education or related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA**
  • Three years of work experience at time of program completion
  • Teaching certification or ESA certification is required with graduation application
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities where you have earned credit

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**We encourage you to apply if your GPA is lower than a 3.0 and you have at least 3 years of professional work experience. Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 are considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an Enrollment Services representative at 800-826-3411 for more information.

This offering is available as an endorsement program for those teachers who hold or who have held an initial, residency, continuing or professional teaching certificate in the state of Washington. If you do not hold a teaching certificate in Washington or do not hold a teaching certificate at all, you are still encouraged to apply. Please note however that this will not lead to a teaching certificate in Washington. Additionally, this program may satisfy the requirements for states other than Washington. Please check with your applicable licensing board to determine whether this program satisfies requirements for licensure in the state in which you reside. For information on certification in the state of Washington, please contact Jill Stinson, Certification Officer, at [email protected]. For current contact information for applicable licensing boards, please refer to our State Authorization page or contact Dianne Selcho at [email protected].

Please note, however, that this will not lead to a teaching certificate in Washington. If you are looking for an initial teaching certificate, please visit the School of Education’s webpage.

Courses


View the syllabus for your online Principal Graduate Certificate program

In order to earn the Graduate Certificate – Principal online, you must complete 6 courses (including an internship) for a total of 32 credits.

Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
The work of the teacher or supervisor in improving instruction.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Court decisions and statutory law relating to the duties and powers of school officials and employees, compulsory school attendance, school census, child labor, control, and organization.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Focus on school leadership, developing with vision the knowledge and skills for strategically leading the planning, decision-making, communication, management, and change processes needed in 21st century schools and communities.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
A problem-based exposure to the multi-dimensional role of school-community relations and communication in school districts. The course addresses the Public Relations domain of the NPBEA and WAC standards for the principalship.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Students will examine the role of the principal, using the ISLLC Standards as a framework. They will prepare themselves for leadership through research, discussion activity and application. Relevant and practical topics will be used to create the curricular content of the course. Students will exit this course with knowledge and understanding of what to expect and how to respond as a new principal. This is a course where practicality and purpose will support those preparing for an instructional leadership role.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
During this course candidates gain practical, on-the-job, experience while assembling a portfolio of work demonstrating that they have met all required competencies for the professional program. Candidates must apply for, and be accepted by, the university and district at least two terms before beginning their internship.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Continuation of Principal Internship and Portfolio I. During this course candidates gain practical, on-the-job, experience while assembling a portfolio of work demonstrating that they have met all required competencies for the professional program. Candidates must apply for, and be accepted by, the university and district at least two terms before beginning their internship.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Continuation of Principal Internship and Portfolio I and II. During this course candidates gain practical, on-the-job, experience while assembling a portfolio of work demonstrating that they have met all required competencies for the professional program. Candidates must apply for, and be accepted by, the university and district at least two terms before beginning their internship.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Continuation of Principal Internship and Portfolio I, II, III. During this course candidates gain practical, on-the-job, experience while assembling a portfolio of work demonstrating that they have met all required competencies for the professional program. Candidates must apply for, and be accepted by, the university and district at least two terms before beginning their internship.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Continuation of Principal Internship and Portfolio I, II, III and IV. During this course candidates gain practical, on-the-job, experience while assembling a portfolio of work demonstrating that they have met all required competencies for the professional program. Candidates must apply for, and be accepted by, the university and district at least two terms before beginning their internship.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Continuation of Principal Internship and Portfolio I, II, III, IV and V. During this course candidates gain practical, on-the-job, experience while assembling a portfolio of work demonstrating that they have met all required competencies for the professional program. Candidates must apply for, and be accepted by, the university and district at least two terms before beginning their internship.

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