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The Administrative Program for Principals at Cal U provides you with a unique and challenging opportunity to obtain a master's degree in education and/or certification as a K-12 school principal.Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this 100% online program meets state educational requirements for certification as a principal. The program complies with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, and may be used to meet certification and professional development requirements in other states. This ADP program is designed not only for degree and certification candidates, but also for both teachers and administrators who, as seasoned educators, wish to continue to enhance their teaching and leadership skills. All coursework can be used to complete continuing education requirements under Act 48. I want to find another Master Course Program Options: 1. ADP Master's plus Certification: The 30-credit Master of Education degree includes all requirements for certification as a K-12 school principal. If you already have a master's degree, you may complete certification requirements through our K-12 principal certificate program [internal link to 8.3.12 K-12 Principal Certificate] without completing the entire master's program. Instead, you would only need 24 credits. All students note: Completion of an approved certification program is a requirement for certification in Pennsylvania. In the certification process, the University informs the state that a student has completed the University's state-approved program. The state then reviews the student's credentials and determines eligibility for certification. We encourage all students to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education before beginning Cal U's program for further information certification requirements in Pennsylvania. All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and folliwing the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification. ADP Certification Only: If you already hold a master's degree, you may complete certification requirements through our 24-credit K-12 principal certificate program without completing the entire master's program. All Students Note: Completion of an approved certification program is a requirement for certification in Pennsylvania. In the certification process, the University informs the state that a student has completed the University's state-approved program. The state then reviews the student's credentials and determines eligibility for certification. We encourage all students to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education before beginning Cal U's program for further information certification requirements in Pennsylvania. All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification. Out of state students seeking Pennsylvania certification are required to notify us of that intent in order to meet the PA certification expectations. Additional information related to Pennsylvania certification can be located at the Pennsylvania Department of Education website. 2. Administrative Program for Principals Certification (K-12): Curriculum 24 credits Course requirements for all students COURSE ADP 641 School Community Relations Seminar 3 crs. ADP 647 Orientation and Assessment (first course) 3 crs. ADP 621 Curriculum Leadership Using a Standards-Aligned System 3 crs. ADP 661 Educational Leadership 3 crs. ADP 631 School Law and Ethics 3 crs. ADP 626 Instructional Leadership and Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms 3 crs. ADP 670 Internship: Part 1 3 crs. ADP 670 Internship: Part 2 3 crs. The following 6 credits are for students seeking a Master of Education with K-12 Principal Certification: COURSE NAME ADP 664 Field Project/Leadership 3 crs. ADP 673 Field Project/Research and Evaluation 3 crs
Programme Structure Summer Cohort Course Sequence (30 credit M.Ed.) Summer Semester # 1 Second 5-week Session ADP 641 G0 School Community Relations Seminar ADP 647 G0 Orientation and Assessment Fall # 1 ADP 621 G0 Curriculum Leadership ADP 661 G0 Educational Leadership Spring # 1 ADP 631 G0 School Law & Ethics ADP 670 G0 Internship Part 1 Summer Semester # 2 First 5-Week Session: ADP 626 G0 Instructional Strategies ADP 664 G0 Field Project/Leadership (M.Ed. students only) Second 5-Week Session ADP 673 G0 Field Project/Research & Evaluation (M.Ed. students only) Special Summer 6-Week Session ADP 670 G0 Internship Part 2 Final Requirement for Certification Spring Cohort Course Sequence Spring Semester #1 ADP 641 G0 School Community Relations Seminar ADP 647 G0 Orientation and Assessment Summer Semester #1 First 5-Week Session ADP 621 G0 Curriculum Leadership Second 5-Week Session ADP 661 G0 Educational Leadership Fall Semester #1 ADP 631 G0 School Law & Ethics ADP 670 G0 Internship Part 1 Spring Semester #2 ADP 626 G0 Instructional Strategies ADP 664 G0 Field Project/ Leadership (M.Ed. students only) Summer Semester #2 First 5-Week Session ADP 673 G0 Field Project/Research & Evaluation (M.Ed. students only) Special Summer Internship ADP 670 G0 Internship Part 2 (Final Requirement) Courses: ADP621 - Curr Ldrship-Stand Allign Sys Among the many leadership roles and responsibilities in the principalship, none is more important than educational program development, administration and evaluation. The purpose of this course is to develop the student's understanding of a standards aligned system curriculum development process and the leadership necessary for the process, and the structure needed to provide appropriate professional development. (3 crs.) ADP626 - Instr Lead & Strat-Incl Class This course is designed to provide principal candidates with a framework for effective, practical use of a variety of instructional strategies. These strategies are used with teachers to improve curriculum and instruction. Through various learning experiences, you will develop your knowledge, skills and professional dispositions that will help you to lead your school. The course is designed to help you develop a foundation for leadership by understanding what differentiated instruction is, why it is appropriate for all learners, and how to serve as an instructional leader in this area. Principal candidates will explore and analyze Standards-Based Instruction, Bloom s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Development, Differentiated Instruction for ALL students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Multiple Intelligences, Multiple Measure of Data to inform Decision-Making, and Leadership for Differentiating Schools. (3 crs.) ADP631 - School Law and Ethics This course helps students acquire a practical working knowledge of school law. Education operates within a complex legal framework of law. Local school board policy, administrative regulations, state and federal statutes, and the constitution all impact the daily operation of our schools. Hence, every person involved in the educational process should be aware of the laws that govern his or her daily activities in order to be fair, efficient, and effective. Students completing this course should have the knowledge base necessary to make informed decisions and the research skills necessary to find additional information concerning points of law if needed. (3 crs.) ADP641 - School Community Relations Seminar This course is for educators who hope to become principals or teachers who wish to assume a greater leadership role in the school where they teach. The purpose of this seminar is twofold: (1) to help school administrators and leaders develop an understanding of the conditions, diversity and changes that affect school-community interaction and its impact on student achievement and, (2) to help administrators and school leaders have an understanding of the strategic planning process, board policy on community relations, research on community partnerships and then apply this information to develop a five year plan on the importance of school and community partnerships in relation to student achievement. (3 crs.) ADP647 - Orientation and Assessment The Orientation and Assessment Seminar is required of all principal candidates at the beginning of their program in order to explain program philosophy and ongoing assessment activities. It provides students with the opportunity to become familiar with the program mission, philosophy, goals and competencies. "Orientation" indicates an introduction to the parameters and style of the course. "Assessment" indicates the self-assessment that transpires by the very nature of the course activities. By completing the required assignments, students come to understand the specific areas in which they are most familiar as well as those in which they need to place the most individual emphasis. Through a review of their personal values, dispositions toward leadership and actual leadership skills, as well as their knowledge and understanding of educational leadership, students will develop deeper understandings with which to guide their personal and professional development as school leaders. This process that promotes self-understanding and professional growth, within the context of educational leadership, is a focus of the Orientation and Assessment Seminar. (3 crs.) ADP661 - Educational Leadership This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of educational administration. The course progresses from an overview of leadership and leadership style to a review of the structures and management systems that can make good educational leadership possible and, finally, focuses on leadership skills needed by administrators to be effective leaders in education today. Included are such topics as organizational culture, power in and around schools and the resolution of conflict, motivation, and ethics and moral leadership. (3 crs.) ADP664 - Field Project/Leadership In this course, problem-solving activities and field projects planned cooperatively with university and school district personnel are designed in the area of Education Leadership or School Leadership and Special Education. This practice-centered approach requires students to apply their knowledge, and demonstrate proficiency in those skills that contribute to effective performance as a leader. (3 crs.) ADP670 - Internship The internship is leadership standards based experienced designed to put theory into practice. It is where formal coursework is applied in a field setting. It provides significant opportunities in the workplace to synthesize and apply the knowledge and to practice and develop skills identified in the program competency areas. An internship with a trained mentor is an important and highly valued part of the program. Each placement will be made in cooperation with the APP faculty, the participating school district, and the intern. The internship involves an in school year field placement with a carefully chosen and trained principal/mentor (field supervisor) in a K-12 school, who shares the APP program philosophy that the principal should function as a standard driven change agent and facilitator of the reform process as well as a strong instructional leader. The intern is both a participant and observer under the direction of the principal who should provide the intern with as many standards based supervisory and administrative experiences as possible. The intern gains valuable work-related experience and is given the opportunity to learn how academic knowledge and skills can be applied at the worksite with real people, problems and events (6 crs.) ADP673 - Field Project-Research and Evaluation Problem solving activities and field experiences planned cooperatively with university and school district personnel are designed in the area of Research and Evaluation. This practice-centered approach requires students to apply their knowledge, and demonstrate proficiency in those skills that contribute to effective performance as an administrator. (3 crs.)
Academic Entry Requirement
The Administrative Program for Principals is open to students with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree and current teaching certification. Out-of-state students are welcome but should first contact their state department of education for further information regarding certification requirements and reciprocity agreements. To be considered for admission into the program, you must have completed and/or met the following general requirements: Online Graduate School Application and $25 nonrefundable Application Fee A completed Applicant Data Sheet (.doc) An official transcript reflecting a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts from institutions where a degree was not conferred will only be required in cases where the student wishes to have a transfer of credit evaluation completed. A copy of all current professional certificates held A letter of endorsement from applicant's principal or immediate supervisor A current resume or curriculum vitae A statement of career goals and degree objectives