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Application Requirements

  • Principal Certification Program Application Requirements 

    The IUP Principal Certification Program (PCP) 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.

    Minimum Professional Requirements to Apply

    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 the principal certification must initially be 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 and have three complete years of experience upon applying for certification.

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

    How to Apply

    I. Please complete and send the following paper materials through the United States Postal Service mail to the Principal Certification Program office:

    Dr. Susan M. Sibert, Director of Principal Certification Program
    Davis Hall, Room 328
    570 South 11th Street
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705

    1. Completed Principal Certification Program Application
    2. 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.)
    3. Two-page Response to the Essay Topic at this Link (Effective oral and written communication skills are central to the program.)
    4. Please read the Internship Handbook and send the signed acknowledgment statement on page 29 of the handbook to complete your application to the program.
    5. Numerical Rating Scale of Leadership Competencies (This is sent directly from your principal to the above address.)

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

    II. The second part of the application process is completed electronically through iRecruit, the IUP Graduate School of Admissions application system. Please complete and send the following materials to the School of Graduate Studies and Research:

    Principal Certification Program Application Material
    Graduate Admissions
    G24 Sutton Hall
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705

    Please send the appropriate electronic materials and/or questions to

    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, paid by credit card only (via the IUP Marketplace)

    Application Deadlines

    EDAD 756, the 3-credit Administration Leadership course, is offered in the summer at IUP’s main campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

    Following the successful completion of the course, students register for two separate internships, completing one internship each of two semesters. If this sequence is followed, the program can be completed in one calendar year.

    The deadline to apply for the next cohort is March 15. All application materials must be received by March 15.