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Educational Leadership/Program Administrator Certificate




Read important overview and information, including application information, about outcomes for graduate students in the Master in Educational Leadership/Program Administrator certification.

In addition to on-campus classes, graduate education courses in school leadership and program administration are offered at off-campus locations such as the AWSP office in Olympia, ESD #114 in Bremerton, and in Stanwood-Camano Island School District. Check the online schedule to determine when these occur.

A Program Administrator "Certificate Only" program (30 credits) is also available for those who already hold a master's or other advanced degree.


The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program (51 credits) is designed to prepare an individual for a position as a program leader in the elementary or secondary school. This degree is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its successful completion will prepare an individual for entry level leadership in a school district.

A year-long (9-credit) internship is a part of both the master's degree program in educational leadership and the Program Administrator Certification-only program. It is a vital, integrative experience in which students perform administrative activities while being supervised in a school-district setting.

The primary objective is for the intern to acquire and practice the skills of effective management and leadership. Internship experiences will center on those competencies and skills defined in the Washington Administrative Code and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

Certification as a teacher or ESA is not required for admission to the Program Administrator Certification program, but is recommended. Exceptions should be approved through William Prenevost, chair and professor of educational leadership. Contact him at 206-281-2370 or

Comprehensive Examination for Master's Degree

This two-part examination, consisting of a written essay and an oral defense of the answers to these questions, is usually completed at the end of the program.

An application, available in the School of Education, should be submitted to the graduate program manager two quarters in advance. The oral defense is arranged individually through the chair of the program. The written test is to be completed prior to the oral defense.

Items Required for Application Review

Applicants are to submit the following items to The Graduate Center to be considered for admissions:

  • A graduate application.
  • A $50 processing fee. Checks are to be made payable to Seattle Pacific University.
  • An official transcript from any college or university where a degree was obtained, a professional-certification program was completed, and where any graduate coursework was taken.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations must come from present principals and other school administrators who recommend support of the applicant's pursuit of administrative certification. At least one of the letters must be from a school-district administrator who affirms district support for the candidate to conduct a year-long administrative internship, school-based for Program Administrator Certification.
  • For master's candidates: Scores from either the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Official results must be sent directly to the graduate program manager in The Graduate Center. Test scores must be less than five years old to be valid.
  • A personal statement. Applicants are to submit a typed personal statement on their academic and professional goals. The personal statement should not exceed two pages in length.
  • For program administrator candidate: Submit a current résumé that shows work in the program area of interest (e.g., business/finance, special education, curriculum, ELL, etc.).

Mail all information to:

The Graduate Center
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 111
Seattle, Washington 98119


Students entering the Educational Leadership Program with a master's or other advanced degree need not complete a second master's degree to obtain program administrator certification. Only the major Program Administrator Certificate courses must be completed (18 credits), internship (9 credits), and a 6000-level elective course (3 credits) approved by the program chair. Standard guidelines and procedures for program admission apply.

Components of the Program Administrator Certification Program

  • Educational Leadership Core: Provides the background, perspectives, and resources necessary for leadership as a program administrator.
  • Internship: Provides practical experience under the supervision of qualified district personnel and qualified Seattle Pacific University personnel.  See the Principal/Program Administrator Intern Handbook..


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