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

Educational Leadership Core

EEA 520

Technology for School Leaders (3)

This course introduces candidates to technology literacy and applications in order to find, evaluate, and apply information to inform and improve student learning and teacher pedagogy. Candidates use digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information in order to plan and conduct quality research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions. Applications include an electronic portfolio, instructional and curricular decisions, research and assessment, assistance to teachers, and the impact of technology on school and societal change.

EEA 521

Educational Leadership (3)

This course develops the candidate's capacity for leadership in an educational/school setting. The course is a survey of such topics as positive impact on student learning; moral, resilient, servant, shared, and/or transformational leadership; diversity in schools; and the role of schools in modern society. The candidate begins work on the program's e-portfolio that includes a self-assessment and Professional Growth Plan addressing the competencies for school and program leadership.

EEA 524

School Law (3)

This course examines the legal role, responsibility, and authority of school leaders. The leader is responsible for the rights of students, parents, and personnel; responsibilities of school personnel in regard to child abuse and drug abuse; liabilities, negligence, and torts; laws governing handicapped and special needs students and personnel; equity and nondiscrimination; public disclosure; certification and contracts; collective bargaining; and program management. The student will build capacity to apply legal regulations to the educational setting.

EEA 525

School Finance/Operations (3)

In this course, candidates develop an understanding of how schools are financed and knowledge of best practices in the acquisition of resources, budgeting, accounting, and the fiscal stewardship of the school’s human and financial resources. Topics include the formulation of the budget, the development of budget priorities, the administration of budget expenditures, the school’s facilities, and financial resources. Candidates become knowledgeable about the budgeting process and the school financial management responsibilities of the educational leader.

EEA 526

Change Management (3)

This course prepares candidates to become facilitators of change management through continuous school improvement. Candidates study and experience practical strategies for managing change processes associated with continuous school improvement including assessing and analyzing student achievement data, creating collaborative school cultures, and designing change initiative action plans. Candidates build a School Leader's Toolbox equipped with research-based strategies.

EEA 527

Human Resource Management in Education (3)

This course addresses the knowledge and skills of personnel management in schools and school systems. Topics include human resource management systems in employee recruitment, performance appraisal, staff and program assessment, the supervision and the professional development of certificated and classified employees, separation, and the development and supervision of volunteers and partners. Candidates apply law, regulations, and best practices in human resource management.

EEA 533

Supervision of Instruction (3)

In this course, candidates develop leadership skills in instructional supervision processes central to school improvement and positive impact on student learning. Candidates examine what exemplary school leaders do to create: a vision for success; a focus on teaching and learning; a continuous shared decision-making process that involves all stakeholders; and a code of ethics that develops and sustains a climate of trust and the protection of the rights of all students, families, and staff. Candidates evaluate a school and/or school system improvement process and become familiar with research-based strategies for increasing student achievement, data-driven backward-design curriculum processes, shared site-based decision-making, and pathways for promoting the achievement of all members of the learning community.

EEA 537

Conflict Management and Community Relations (3)

In this course, candidates explore the role of the educational leader in establishing and maintaining a positive school climate that is respectful of the entire school community. Candidates apply best practices in community relations and engagement and theories of conflict management in school settings. Candidates learn to apply several systemic models for conflict management, resolution, negotiation, and problem solving involving interpersonal and group processes.

Internship

EEA 605

Fall Reflective Seminar (1)

This seminar engages the intern in applying and practicing the entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions/cultural competence, roles and responsibilities of the P-12 principal and program administrator. The intern demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator through reflective practice and data-driven personal goals. In a supportive setting, the intern shares evidence of skills as an educational leader, provides feedback to other interns, and shares internship activities and experiences.

EEA 606

Winter Reflective Seminar (1)

This seminar engages the intern in applying and practicing the entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions/cultural competence, roles and responsibilities of the P-12 principal and program administrator. The intern demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator through reflective practice and data-driven personal goals. In a supportive setting, the intern shares evidence of skills as an educational leader, provides feedback to other interns, and shares internship activities and experiences.

EEA 607

Spring Reflective Seminar (1)

This seminar engages the intern in applying and practicing the entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions including cultural competence, roles and responsibilities of the P-12 principal and program administrator. The intern demonstrates evidence of meeting or exceeding residency-level leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator through reflective practice and data-driven personal goals. In a supportive setting, the intern shares evidence of skills as an educational leader, provides feedback to other interns, and shares internship activities and experiences.

EEA 670

Internship IA (1)

This course is the first phase of the year-long internship for Washington principal and/or program administrator certification. This course includes attention to state-required pre-internship tasks; orientation to professional standards and certification; and the internship portfolio. Topics include Professional Standards for Educational Leaders; professional growth team roles and responsibilities; and building leadership capacity. This field experience launches the yearlong Internship. Prerequisite: EEA 521 and EEA 533

EEA 672

Internship IB (2)

In Internship IB, the intern applies and practices entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions, and cultural competence of a P-12 principal and/or program administrator. The intern builds capacity for leadership by acquiring an expanding range of experiences in the field as assigned by the mentor and field supervisor and as guided by the Formative and Summative Evaluation Report. The intern maintains a daily log and weekly reflection, prepares a collection of evidence, and demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level educational leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator.

EEA 674

Internship II (3)

In Internship II, the intern applies and practices entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions, and cultural competence of a P-12 principal and/or program administrator. The intern increases capacity for leadership by acquiring an expanding range of experiences in the field as assigned by the mentor and field supervisor and as guided by the Formative and Summative Evaluation Report. The intern maintains a daily log and weekly reflection, prepares a collection of evidence, and demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level educational leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator. Prerequisite: EEA 672 Internship IB or equivalent

EEA 676

Internship III (3)

In Internship III, the intern demonstrates entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions, and cultural competence of a P-12 administrator. The intern increases capacity for leadership through an expanding range of experiences in the field assigned by the mentor and field supervisor as guided by the Formative and Summative Evaluation Report. The intern maintains a daily log and weekly reflection, prepares and presents a collection of evidence, and demonstrates performance that meets or exceeds residency-level educational leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator. Prerequisite: EEA 674 Internship II or equivalent

Classes are typically held one weekend per month (face to face) plus online learning.

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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