Educational Leadership: Principal (K-8, 7-12, or K-8 & 7-12

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership: Principal is designed for individuals with master's degrees who are seeking advanced professional preparation to become principals.

Admission Requirements 

  1. Satisfy Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificates.
  2. Hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. This will include a minimum of 6 credits in educational research methodology.
  3. Hold appropriate certification: current teacher or special services provider (Type C) certificate or equivalent for Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership: Principal.
  4. Provide a resume documenting educational experience including at least three years of experience as a certificated elementary teacher, secondary teacher, or special services provider (Type C).
  5. Submit an educational goal statement.
  6. Submit three letters of recommendation or rating forms from professional references. At least one of the professional references must be from a current educational supervisor who has evaluated the candidate.

Program Requirements Include

This program includes courses delivered by distance. Admitted students must have the technological knowledge and skills to engage in distance learning. 

Complete portfolio documenting attainment of Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards. 

Complete a total of 27 credits for the certificate and to apply for an institutional recommendation for the Type B Administrator Certificate with a principal endorsement from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED).

Alaska Certification

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requires 3 credits of multicultural education/cross-cultural communication and 3 credits of Alaska studies for state licensure. For more information see the EED website


Catalog- Graduate Certificate in Education Leadership: Principal


Courses are offered in the Summer based on demand. Please visit UAOnline for a list of summer courses offered or contact the Program Manager at 907-786-4450907-786-4450 or at



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Form Name Description
Application for Admission - Ed Leadership Program Application - EDL Application to the programs offered through Educational Leadership
Field Experience Rating Form - EDL ED Leadership Field Experience Rating Form - Used by references for program candidates
Internship Application - EDL Principal ED Leadership Principal's Internship Application


Faculty and Staff

Name Title Phone Office
Agatha John-Shields Term Assistant Professor, Education 786-4431 PSB 223A
Ed McLain, Ed.D Associate Professor, Graduate Studies & MEd 952-8940 PSB 206M
Gina Pastos, M.Ed. Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership 786-4335 PSB 206G