Skip to Content - Skip to Navigation

The IUP Principal Certification Program is a performance-based program. To be successful in this program, students must have the support of the district superintendent and principals at the elementary and secondary levels in order to accomplish the competency requirements as detailed in the Internship Handbook.

The IUP Principal Certification Program requires a master’s degree or a master’s equivalence and an instructional position within a school district.

Those seeking a principal certification must be initially certified as a teacher, guidance counselor, librarian, school psychologist, or some other instructional-related professional position in the school prior to engaging in principal certification work—or have three years’ experience upon applying for certification.

Be aware that at the completion of this program you will be required to provide verification of completion of three years of relevant professional experience from your district superintendent upon application for certification.

How to Apply

I. Please complete and send the following materials to the Principal Certification Program office:

Dr. Cathy Kaufman, Director of Principal Certification Program
Davis Hall, Room 126
570 South 11th Street
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705

  1. Completed Principal Certification Program Application
  2. Numerical Rating Scale of Leadership Competencies (This is sent directly to the address above by your principal.)
  3. Copy of Teaching Certificate (A minimum of three years of successful teaching in your certified area and a completed master’s degree are required for consideration for program admission.)
  4. Two-page Response to the Essay Topic at this Link (Effective oral and written communication skills are central to the program.)
  5. Please read the Internship Handbook and send the signed acknowledgment statement on page 29 of the handbook to complete your application to the program.

Consult the program director if you need clarification regarding any requirement.

II. Please complete and send the following materials to the School of Graduate Studies and Research:

Attn: Brenda Rising
Principal Program Application Material
School of Graduate Studies and Research
Stright Hall, Room 101
210 South 10th Street
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705

  1. Completed Application for Admission
  2. Official transcripts from every college or university you have attended (regardless of whether or not you earned a degree). These transcripts must be sealed by the registrar and remain sealed until their arrival at the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
  3. Two letters of written recommendation
  4. Goal statement
  5. $50 nonrefundable, one-time only, application fee, payable to “Indiana University of PA”

Application Deadlines

  • Summer: Materials must be received by June 1.
  • Fall: Materials must be received by August 1.
  • Spring: Materials must be received by December 1.
  • Dr. Cathy Kaufman
  • Director of Principal Certification Program
    Davis Hall, Room 126
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3928
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.