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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



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.


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