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BELLEVUE, Wash. – City University of Seattle will offer the first online program for school principals and program administrators to earn their Washington certification beginning this fall.
The online principal certification is the only program of its kind offered by a state-approved institution. The program also addresses national standards established by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

“CityU of Seattle has a track record of graduating the largest number of principals and program administrators in Washington. This new online option is intended for school leaders, no matter their location, to become qualified as school administrators through a new delivery system while maintaining a rigorous program of leadership development,” said Dr. Margaret Chow, CityU’s Educational Leadership director.

“The new model also allows us to serve professional educators in search of a certificate program but who cannot attend classes in person because they live in smaller, rural communities or have conflicting family and career responsibilities,” echoed Judy Hinrichs, Dean of the Albright School of Education. “We’re giving them a chance to set a new educational goal plus receive the same high-quality instructional strategies as their peers who take classes in-person.”

The program’s face-to-face classes will continue to be offered at CityU’s Bellevue and Tacoma sites following the launch of the online model. Students will have the option of taking a combination of in-person and online courses. They also may choose to complete a Master of Education degree. As part of the university’s training and mentorship program, all students must complete internships under the supervision of a university-approved field supervisor in their area.

Through the creation of the online new program, CityU also will establish another learning community of students who learn together as a cohort but live outside the Seattle area and I-5 corridor.

“For those in more remote locations in Washington, an online program can offer a good opportunity to work toward earning residency principal certification,” said Don Rash, Director of Intern and Principal Support Programs for the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). “Numerous universities offer some courses online but I believe CityU is the only university that offers the entire program online.”

Jack Tobin, Chairman of the Professional Educators Advisory Board (PEAB) to CityU’s Educational Leadership Programs, looks forward to the online move. He’s a graduate of the program and now serves as a principal in the Lake Washington School District. He also teaches a CityU technology course for principal candidates.

“My colleagues and I have appreciated the high quality preparation program at CityU,” Tobin said. “This new delivery mode makes the leader development program accessible to many more individuals who are not geographically located near campuses. I commend the university for reaching out and serving remote populations.”

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