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PLU Partners With Tacoma Schools to Offer Administrator Professional Certification Program

Posted by: Date: September 14, 2015 In: ,
Starting in 2016, Tacoma Public Schools principals can complete their Administrator Professional Certifications through PLU. (Photo courtesy of Tacoma Public Schools)

Starting in 2016, Tacoma Public Schools principals can complete their Administrator Professional Certifications through PLU. (Photo courtesy of Tacoma Public Schools)

By Sandy Deneau Dunham
PLU Marketing & Communications

TACOMA, Wash. (Sept. 14,2015)—Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of Partnerships and Professional Development has joined with the Tacoma Principals Association for a program that will allow Tacoma Public Schools principals to complete their Administrator Professional Certifications through PLU.

All Washington principals and program administrators are required to complete a Professional Certification program to maintain their state credentials. Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, Tacoma Public Schools will deliver this certification program on-site in its schools alongside PLU faculty.

With the added benefit of access and affordability for community leaders who need to complete this program, PLU’s intent is to serve the community schools on its doorstep and embody the values of care, compassion, service, difference and leadership.

“The Administrative Professional Certificate is an important step forward for the state certification system,” said Dr. Frank Kline, dean of PLU’s School of Education and Kinesiology. “The number of administrators who need it has been increasing significantly, and PLU values its relationship with the educational service districts and school districts in seeking to address this need.”

The Tacoma School District is the third-largest in Washington, representing principals who lead roughly 30,000 K-12 students.