Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership: Administrator Certification

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October 2024
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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

Note: Statement on 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c). Candidates of City University of Seattle principal, program administrator, superintendent, or CTE administrator programs complete requirements to be recommended for certification or endorsement in the state of Washington. Except for Washington State, CityU has made no determination if this program will lead to licensure in another state. Please reference the resources below to determine licensure requirements and/or transfer policies in states other than Washington. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) have negotiated licensure reciprocity agreements among states. This means that if you earn licensure in Washington you may be able to gain licensure in another state based on proof of a valid Washington license. NASDTEC agreements can be found by clicking the following link. Requirements for licensure can change without notice, therefore it is important to contact the State Department of Education to confirm reciprocity in another state.



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 will 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.