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Principal Certification Program

Online Principal Cert Program
Earn a  Master of Science in Instructional Leadership with Principal Certification in Two Years or Less 
or earn  Principal Certification  in One Year

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.

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. 


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 or 800-762-0097.

To apply, go to 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. 


Course of Study 

Master of Science in Instructional Leadership with Principal Certification:

Year 1: 
Principal Internship

Year 2: 
Instructional Leadership


LEAD6000  Principal Preparation Seminar


LEAD6010  Leadership and School Improvement Internship

LEAD6020  Leadership and Student Achievement Internship


LEAD6030  Leadership and Special Education Internship

LEAD6040  Leadership and Professional Development Internship


EDUC____  Instructional Technology course


EDUC6060  Curriculum Design/Assessment

EDUC6065  Educational Statistics


EDUC6130  Educational Research

EDUC6140  Instructional Leadership Capstone

For More Information, Contact:


Dr. Bruce Golmic
Coordinator, Principal Certification Program


For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Richard Fuller, D.Ed. 

Department Head, Education
Professor of Education
School of Education & Social Sciences
412-397-6029 Phone
412-397-6044 Fax
Nicholson Center 458
Moon Campus
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