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.
There are three ways to obtain initial Principal Certification at Seattle University. All principal certification programs are designed for the working professional.
Applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree may obtain:
Applicants with a master’s degree have the following pathways:
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.
Please note: in addition to the completion of the program, all students must meet the following OSPI requirements in order to qualify for a WA Principal's Certification:
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.
To learn more, contact the Educational Administration program at EdAdmin@seattleu.edu.
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