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Principal Certificate Program Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 32 Tuition: $8,425
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Program Overview


Prepare for positions of leadership in public, private, and charter schools with the Principal Certificate online 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 program 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.

Courses

In order to earn the Principal Certificate online, you must complete 6 courses (including an internship) for a total of 32 credits. All courses are six weeks in length.

To see the full list of the Principal Certificate program's online courses, view courses.

Admissions

As an applicant for the Principal Certificate online program, you must hold a master's degree in Education or a related field and have three years of work experience at the completion of this program completion.

To learn more about our Principal Certificate online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

As a student in the Principal Certificate online program, you can pay for each course as you enroll. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. Tuition is the same for students living in Washington or outside the state.

To learn more about our Principal Certificate online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With seven start dates each year, the Principal Certificate online program is convenient and accessible. Before beginning, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for our Principal Certificate online, view calendar.

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Courses


The Principal Certificate online curriculum is comprised of 6 courses for a total of 32 credits.

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You must take the following courses.

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: 4

The work of the teacher or supervisor in improving instruction.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: varies per program

Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

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Admissions


Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online post-master's certificate. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Principal Certificate online program, along with information on required documents.

Principal Certificate Online Requirements

  • Master's degree in Education or related field
  • 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

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Studies
206 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

Have a question? Call us at 800-826-3411.

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Tuition


Tuition for the Principal Certificate online program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Principal Certificate $263.26 $1,053.04 $8,425
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Calendar


The Principal Certificate program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Winter I 1/7/2019 12/20/2018 1/2/2019 1/5/2019 3/22/2019
Winter II 2/19/2019 2/4/2019 2/13/2019 2/17/2019 3/31/2019
Spring I 4/8/2019 3/25/2019 4/3/2019 4/6/2019 5/19/2019
Spring II 5/20/2019 5/6/2019 5/15/2019 5/18/2019 6/30/2019
Summer I 7/8/2019 6/24/2019 7/3/2019 7/6/2019 8/18/2019
Fall I 9/23/2019 9/9/2019 9/18/2019 9/21/2019 11/3/2019
Fall II 11/4/2019 10/21/2019 10/30/2019 11/2/2019 12/15/2019
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