Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Certifications

Doctoral candidates who want to obtain superintendent, principal or supervisory certification need to take the courses listed under each certification area. They also must pass the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) required for each administrative area. Leadership certification courses may count as the student’s third-year doctoral program electives.

Requirements for Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility

  • ED 648 The Superintendency (3 credits)
  • ED 649 A, B, C Practicum for Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (1 credit each)

Note: Candidates for the certificate of Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility must have completed six years of full-time teaching or other professionally certificated service in schools, including three years in a supervisory or administrative position.

Three internship semesters (ED 649 A, B, C) must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

Requirements for Principal Certification

  • ED 635 Supervision Principles and Theories (3 credits)
  • ED 639 A, B, C Practicum: Principalship (1 credit each)
  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations (3 credits)

Note: Candidates for the certificate of K-12 Principal must have completed three years of full-time teaching in an instructional area or other professionally certificated service in schools.

Three internship semesters (ED 639 A, B, C) must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

Requirements for Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Supervisor of Special Education, Supervisor of Single-Subject Area

  • ED 645 Human Relations and Negotiations (3 credits)
  • ED 635 Supervision Principles and Theories (3 credits)

Note: Candidates for certification as a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Supervisor of Special Education or a Single-Subject Supervisor must have completed three years of full-time teaching in the instructional area in which a supervisory certificate is sought. Three internship semesters (below, per area) must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

Supervisory practica per certification: (1 credit each, taken consecutively; 3 total credits)

  • ED 655 A, B, C Supervisory Practicum: Curriculum and Instruction
  • ED 655 A, B, C Supervisory Practicum: Special Education
  • ED 655 A, B, C Supervisory Practicum: Single-Subject Area

Requirements for Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services

  • PY 625 Psychological Testing (3 credits)
  • PY 688 Cultural Bases of Counseling (3 credits)
  • ED 635 Supervision Principles  and Theories (3 credits)
  • ED 667 A, B, C Supervisory Practicum: Pupil Personnel Services (1 credit each, taken consecutively; 3 credits total)

Note: Candidates for certification as a Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services must have completed three years of full-time professional school experience as a psychologist, school counselor, school nurse or social worker while holding a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I and/or II certificate.

Three internship semesters (ED 667 A, B, C) must be taken consecutively; however, they may be taken in any order. The leadership portfolio must be submitted after completing the third consecutive semester.

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