To be eligible for entry into the MEd in Educational Leadership program with the intention of earning a Principal Certificate, you must be a certificated teacher or certificated Educational Staff Associate (ESA). If you are seeking the Program Administrator Certificate, you are not required to hold a pre-requisite educational certificate for entry into the program.
With the exception of the focus and location of the internship, the academic program is identical for whichever certificate you seek, including course requirements, certification requirements, and class locations. Only the internship location and focus varies.
EDU 6085 Moral Issues in Education (3)
EDU 6600 Communication and Collaboration (3)
EDU 6975 Interpreting and Applying Educational Research I (3)
EDU 6979 Action Research in Schools (3)
EDAD 6580 Leadership in Education (3)
EDAD 6581 Leadership for School Culture (3)
EDAD 6584 School Finance (3)
EDAD 6585 School Law (3)
EDAD 6586 Human Resources Management (3)
EDAD 6588 Supervision of Instruction (3)
EDAD 6589 Engaging Communities (3)
Approved 3-credit elective at the graduate level
The MEd in Educational Leadership includes a one-year integrative internship (9 credits, 3 per quarter).
If you are pursuing a Principal Certificate, you will perform administrative and leadership activities under the supervision of a mentor principal or assistant principal in a school setting. Over the course of a full school year, you will acquire and practice skills that are crucial to your future success as a school leader.
If you are pursuing a Program Administrator Certificate, you will also fulfill the internship requirement. In your case, however, the internship would occur in a district or administrative office rather than in a school.
In conjunction with SPU's Educational Leadership faculty, you are responsible for securing the site mentor and district approval for your internship. While the principal internship requires 540 hours of experience during the entire school year, it is designed to be completed in conjunction with a full-time contract. It is not necessary to take a leave of absence.
You will complete this two-part examination, consisting of a written essay and an oral defense of the answers to these questions, at the end of the program.
Submit your request to take the exam to the graduate programs manager one month in advance. The oral defense is arranged individually through the chair of the program. You will complete the written exam prior to your oral defense.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be recommended to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a Residency Certificate in Washington state. Most states have reciprocal agreements that will allow certificates to be transferred between states.
Option for a Second Certificate
Applicants who have earned Residency Principal or Program Administrator certification from SPU may earn the other certificate (either Principal or Program Administrator) by completing 6 additional internship credits. A valid teaching or ESA certificate are required for those who wish to add a Principal Certificate. Students must complete all coursework for the second certificate within three years of earning the previous certificate.