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.
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.
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
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- 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 Program
Nicholson Center 425