Certifications

Certification Options

Seattle University's EDAD program offers two certifications:

  1. Principal Certification
  2. Program Administration Certification

Obtaining A Certification

There are a variety of ways to obtain either certification. 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 certification programs are designed for the working professional.

  • Applicants with a bachelor's or master's degree may obtain:
    • MEd in Educational Administration (37 credits)
    • MEd in Educational Administration with a Principal Certification or Program Administration Certification (47 credits) 
  • Applicants with a master’s degree have the following options:
    • EdD in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification or Program Administration Certification (66 credits) 
    • Post-Master's Principal or Program Administration Certification (37 credits)

Principal Certification

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.

Ways to Obtain Principal Certification

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree may obtain a MEd in Educational Administration with a Principal Certification (46 credits)
  • Applicants with a master’s degree can:
    • Obtain an EdD in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification (66 credits)
    • Complete a Post-Master’s Principal Certificate (37 credits)

Post-Master's Principal Certificate

The Post-Master’s Principal Certificate is a 37 credit program designed for working professionals and requires a master’s degree. The program offers weekend, summer, and hybrid class meetings and takes only four to five quarters to complete. The cohort begins each spring and summer. Course of study information can be found here 

Program Administration Certification

The Certification in Program Administration, which develops leadership skills for aspiring administrators in K-12 schools, district offices or educational nonprofits may be obtained in a variety of ways, all of which meet current National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.

Ways to Obtain Program Administration Certification

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree may obtain a MEd in Educational Administration with a specialization in program administration designed for directors and managers in public, independent, and private schools. (46 credits)
  • Applicants with a master’s degree can:
    • Obtain an EdD in Educational Leadership with a Program Administrator concentration (66 credits)
    • Complete a Post-Master’s Principal Certificate (37 credits)

Post-Master's Program Administration Certificate

The Post-Master’s Program Administration Certificate is a 37 credit program designed for working professionals and who already have a master’s degree. The program offers weekend, summer and hybrid class meetings and takes only four to five quarters to complete. The cohort begins each spring and summer. Course of study information can be found here