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Become a Leader in Educational Administration

City University of Seattle offers an accredited Washington State residency certificate for principals and program administrators through its Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership with Administrator Certification. This administrator certificate program is designed for professionals seeking to advance into leadership roles that require administrator certification. You will cover topics such as instructional supervision; finance, law and human resources; leadership and assessment; and technology and digital tools.

You’ll have the option to complete the program online or meet in class on weekends during the school year and weekdays in summer. This is the first approved online principal certification program and is Washington State’s largest provider of program administrator certificates. You’ll need a master’s degree from an accredited university to enroll.

This administrator certificate program is geared toward those who already have a master’s degree and want to complete a Washington State Residency Administrator Certificate. CityU also offers the Master of Education in Leadership with Administrator Certification for those without a master’s degree.

CityU is a clear choice for those who want to advance into education leadership through a flexible, high-quality program. All candidates complete a year-long internship in person, gaining valuable feedback from contemporaries, mentors, and our expert faculty members.

You’ll choose from residency principal, residency program administrator, or both residency principal and program administrator.

As of July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” City University of Seattle offers a number of undergraduate and graduate certificates that lead to gainful employment. Information for each certificate program for the latest reporting year is available here.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout this administrator certificate program, you’ll learn:

  • Technology literacy and applications
  • To develop your capacity for leadership in an educational/school setting
  • The legal role, responsibility, and authority of school leaders
  • How schools are financed and best practices in the acquisition of resources, budgeting, and accounting
  • Change management through continuous school improvement
  • Personnel management in schools and school systems
  • Leadership skills in instructional supervision processes central to school improvement and positive impact on student learning
  • The role of the educational leader in establishing and maintaining a positive school climate

Total Required Credits (36 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Educational Leadership (24 Credits)

EEA 520 Technology for School Leaders (3)

EEA 521 Educational Leadership (3)

EEA 524 School Law (3)

EEA 525 School Finance/Operations (3)

EEA 526 Change Management (3)

EEA 527 Human Resource Management in Education (3)

EEA 533 Supervision of Instruction (3)

EEA 537 Conflict Management and Community Relations (3)

Internship (12 Credits)

EEA 605 Fall Reflective Seminar (1)

EEA 606 Winter Reflective Seminar (1)

EEA 607 Spring Reflective Seminar (1)

EEA 670 Internship IA (1)

EEA 672 Internship IB (2)

EEA 674 Internship II (3)

EEA 676 Internship III (3)

If you’re interested in advancing your skills and your career, this administrator certificate will give you a strong extension to your graduate degree. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership Administrator Certification program will prepare you for a variety of management and leadership roles, including:

  • Assistant principal
  • Principal
  • Instructional coordinator
  • District administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Dean of students or faculty
  • University registrar
  • Director or supervisor
  • College provost
  • Curriculum and policy developer

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.