Administrative Credentials

Developing Leaders for Tomorrow's Schools!

Complete the Principal/Program Administrator Certification Program at Washington State University Vancouver and become a leader in the world of public education.

Students successfully completing this program will receive their Washington State Program Administrator or Principal Credential and can expand their career in K-12 education. Faculty has carefully incorporated a balance of practical experience, theory, and research into each program to develop you as a leader in the world of public education. 

Program Description

The Administrative Credential Program offered through Washington State University Vancouver is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership, Sports Studies and Educational/Counseling Psychology of the College of Education. The Program Administrator and Principal Credential Programs are offered both on the Vancouver campus and in the South Puget Sound area in Puyallup. The program in Vancouver is designed as a three-year program--two years of courses and a year-long internship. The program in Puyallup is designed as a two-year program.

Adding the Master of Education to the Administrative Program

The State of Washington requires all recipients of administrative credentials to have a master’s degree. We offer the Master of Education degree in conjunction with our Administrative Credential program for those students who still need their master’s degree. Adding the master’s degree requires five additional courses for the principal program or six additional courses for the program administrator program as well as a comprehensive written examination.

Administrative Credential courses occur in fall and spring semesters, with one Program Administrator course and Master of Education courses occurring in summer sessions (May-July).