Principal or Program Administrator Certificate

Department of Educational Leadership, Sports Studies and Educational/Counseling Psychology

Developing leaders for tomorrow's schools

The Program Administrator and Principal Credential programs at Washington State University Vancouver balance practical experience, theory and research to help you prepare for leadership in the world of education.

Completion of these programs leads to Washington State Program Administrator or Principal Credentials and the opportunity to expand your career in K-12 education.

Program description

WSU offers the Program Administrator and Principal Credential programs in two locations:

  • Vancouver: three-year program, including two years of courses and a yearlong internship
  • South Puget Sound, Puyallup: two-year program, including one year of courses and a yearlong internship

Administrative program plus Ed.M.

The State of Washington requires all recipients of administrative credentials to have a master’s degree. We offer the Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree in conjunction with our Administrative Credential program for those students who still need their master’s degree. Adding the master’s degree requires additional coursework as well as a comprehensive written examination. Download the Administrative Credentials Handbook (PDF) for a complete list of Ed.M. requirements.

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

Download the current Program Guide (PDF)

Application process

Applications are accepted on a rolling application basis year round. For more information about the program, deadlines and admission requirements, contact Jennifer Gallagher at or 360-546-9075.

Departmental application portfolios are available from the academic coordinator, Jennifer Gallagher at or 360-546-9075.