Principal Certification Program
School leaders are critical to the success of schools and the educational system. The RMU- LEAD Principal Certification Program engages experienced educators in collaborative coursework and internships in order to prepare them for the challenges of school leadership. To see a flier for the program click here.
Students with at least two years of teaching may apply. The Principal Certification Program begins in the summer with a Principal Preparation Seminar, and is followed by a sequence of four internship courses that allows the candidate to experience the full-year life cycle in a school or school district. 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.
All Principal Certification Candidates will be assigned to a mentor principal from the participating school, and a university supervisor from the teaching faculty at Robert Morris. The focus of the program is on the eight domains associated with school leadership: organizational leadership, instruction and assessment, standards-aligned curriculum development, teacher evaluation, budget and finance, school law, collaboration/communication, and school/community relations.
Click here to see the coursework for the program.
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.
The handbook for the Principal Certification Program can be viewed here.
Admission requirements are as follows:
After an application is received, the program coordinator will contact the applicant to:
- complete an RMU Graduate Admissions application
- submit a professional resume
- submit two letters of recommendation
- provide a copy of a valid teaching certificate
- provide documentation of at least two successful years of teaching
- provide transcripts that document a minimum 3.25 undergraduate GPA
Click to visit the RMU Office of Graduate Admissions website to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply for the program; or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-762-0097.
- submit a written essay response to a selected topic on leadership
- participate in an interview to determine membership in the cohort
To apply, go to rmu.edu/gradapply. You can complete the application online with no application fee. Alternatively, you can download the graduate application PDF form, and then mail in the completed form with required documentation and $35 application fee.
Department of Education
Nicholson Center, 4th Floor
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
For More Information, Contact:
Bruce A Golmic Ed.D.
Coordinator, Principal Certification ProgramEducationgolmic@rmu.edu
Nicholson Center 425
Moon CampusMore Info