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. Preparation completed out-of-state will be evaluated upon application for certification to assess whether it meets Pennsylvania 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 approriate 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 and be recommended for certification:

1. PA Required Exam :SLS 6011: School Leaders License Assessment (or paper version SLS 1011)

Note: this exam will retired on 12/31/2018. Beginning 1/1/2019, you must pass the SLS 6990: School Leaders License Assessment exam.

2. WGU Program Requirement:  Beginning 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.



5. 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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