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Earn a
Master of Science in Instructional Leadership
with Principal Certification
in Two Years or Less

or earn 
Principal Certification 
in One Year


Course of Study 
Master of Science in Instructional Leadership 
with Principal Certification:

Year 1: 
Principal Internship

Year 2: 
Instructional Leadership


Summer

LEAD6000  Principal Preparation Seminar

Fall


LEAD6010  Leadership and School Improvement Internship

LEAD6020  Leadership and Student Achievement Internship

Spring

LEAD6030  Leadership and Special Education Internship

LEAD6040  Leadership and Professional Development Internship


Summer

EDUC____  Instructional Technology course

Fall


EDUC6060  Curriculum Design/Assessment

EDUC6065  Educational Statistics


Spring

EDUC6130  Educational Research

EDUC6140  Instructional Leadership Capstone


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.


The program begins in the summer with a Principal Preparation 
Seminar, and is followed by a sequence of four internship courses that allows the candidate a full year of experience in a school or school district.  Descriptions of the courses are here

During the summer, classes are at Robert Morris.  During the fall and spring, 80% of the internship is in area schools, 
10% at Robert Morris, and 10% on-line.

All Principal Certification Candidates are assigned to a mentor principal from the participating school, and a university supervisor from the teaching faculty at Robert Morris.


Admission

Students with at least two years of teaching may apply.  Admission requirements are as follows:
  • 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
After an application is received, the program coordinator will contact the applicant to:
  • submit a written essay response to a selected topic on leadership
  • participate in an interview to determine membership in the cohort
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 graduateadmissions@rmu.edu or 800-762-0097.

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.







Top Reasons to Apply
  • Complete the degree and certification program in two years or less

  • Courses are completed during two summer, fall, and spring semesters

  • Five Master's courses are completed at RMU or online in one year

  • Five Principal Certification courses are completed in one year

  • 80% of your principal internship course work is completed in the schools

  • 20% of your principal internship course work is completed at RMU

  • Interns develop a leadership plan designed to meet the needs of students and teachers

  • Internships prepare interns for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment

  • Tuition discounts may apply

  • Graduates earn a Master’s degree and Principal certification



For More Information, Contact:


Dr. Bruce Golmic

Coordinator, Principal Certification Program
golmic@rmu.edu
412-397-5464
rmu.edu/principalcert