The 15 credit RMU-LEAD Principal Certification Program is for educators who have at least two years of teaching experience and wish to pursue career opportunities in school administrative positions. The program can be taken as part of the 30-credit Master of Science in Instructional Leadership for those seeking to earn their MS degree or as a stand-alone PDE certification. It engages them in collaborative coursework and school-based internships, and assesses and documents the successful performance of their leadership skills.
All Principal Certification Candidates will be assigned to a mentor principal from the participating school and a university supervisor from RMU. At the beginning of the program, the candidate will design an individualized plan with their mentor principal and university supervisor that provides a roadmap to guide the year-long internship. The candidate will be monitored and assessed throughout the year through observation and collaboration by the mentor and RMU supervisor.
Admission requirements are as follows:
After an application is received, the program coordinator will contact the applicant to:
During the summer seminar, candidates will complete 100% of their course requirements while attending class on-campus. Candidates will meet the requirements for the four internship courses by completing 10% of their internship on campus, 10% of their internship on-line, and 80% of their internship in area schools.
Five courses are required of all Principal Certification candidates:
During the summer seminar, candidates complete 100% of their course requirements while attending class on-campus. The four internship courses are completed as follows: 10% on campus, 10% on-line, and 80% in area schools.