Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Administrator Certification

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July 2024
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Become a Leader in Education

Are you ready to advance in your career and become an inspirational leader in the complex yet rewarding field of education? The Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Administrator Certificate at City University of Seattle is an excellent addition to your current degree and will put you in a position to pursue a new advanced role.

Courses are available completely online, so you can continue working full time as you achieve your educational goals. You also have the option to attend classes on campus if you prefer. CityU has an excellent reputation for being one of the largest providers of principal certificates and the largest provider of residency program administrator certificates in Washington state.

Courses can be completed online or via mixed mode with both online and on-site learning. Any bachelor’s degree from an accredited university qualifies you to apply to this MEd program.

City University of Seattle offers a Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership with Administrator Certification customized for educators who want to become principals or program administrators in public or private schools.

This master’s in educational leadership program at CityU is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board and includes a year-long mentored internship that prepares you to succeed in leadership positions. Getting a Washington State Residency Administrator Certificate requires a master’s degree from a state-approved program and extensive field experience in school administration.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Administrator Certification program, you’ll learn:

  • Dynamics of difference in educational settings and implications
  • Practical action research
  • Philosophical, historical, political, and sociological foundations of education
  • Leadership in an educational/school setting
  • Legal role, responsibility, and authority of school leaders
  • How schools are financed and the acquisition of resources, budgeting, accounting, and fiscal stewardship
  • How to apply law, regulations, and best practices in human resource management
  • School improvement and positive impact on student learning
  • 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, or superintendent 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.