PA Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Certification Requirements


In Pennsylvania, WGU's Educational Leadership Program leads to certification in: School Principal PK-12

Pennsylvania has the following requirements for applicants for certification as PK-12 school principals:

1. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a graduate program in school administration that is approved by the home-state of the program to lead to school administrator certification. Pennsylvania will evaluate preparation completed out-of-state upon application for certification to assess whether it meets the state’s standards for certification.

2. RECOMMENDATION: Recommendation for certification as a principal by the authorized certification officer of the institution where the school administrator preparation program was completed or possession of a comparable certificate from another state.

3. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Completion of five years of professional service on a state-issued certificate appropriate for the assignment. At least three of the five years must be on a state-issued public school certificate valid for the assignment in which the service was performed.

4. EXAM REQUIREMENTS: Pass the following exams to graduate from the program:


  1. PA Required Exam: SLS 6990: School Leaders License Assessment.If passed prior to 2/28/2019, the SLS 6011: Pennsylvania will accept the School Leaders License Assessment.
  1. WGU Program RequirementBeginning 9/1/2018, the WGU program requirement is the Praxis 5412: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision for students in Pennsylvania. If passed prior to 8/31/2018, the Praxis 5411: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.


  1. PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT: WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here.  


Visit these links for more important information:
General Information About Licensing in Pennsylvania

General Policies Regarding External Certification Exams
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Pennsylvania Administrator License




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