Principal Preparation Program

Graduate College of Professional Studies


The PLU Administration Certification program is a 12 month program built and advised by current district practitioners. The program provides candidates with the practical knowledge and skills they need to lead a school community in a responsive and results-oriented way.

Rigorous coursework and clinical experiences lead to the development of a Culminating Professional Portfolio which includes practical performance-based documentation of candidates’ knowledge, skills, dispositions and professional behaviors.

This practitioner focused program is lead in a cohort-based model by knowledgeable faculty and local practitioners. It connects theory, research and practice in an intertwined and interdependent web.

Program Highlights:

  • Instructional Leadership – With a focus on best practices, candidates will learn how to support achievement of all students, evaluate instruction and lead learning.
  • High-Touch – Small cohorts allow for individualized coaching, engaged discussions and meaningful feedback.
  • Balance – The simultaneous internship paired with coursework allows for interns to practice theory while reflecting on leadership effectiveness.
  • Convenient Schedule – Summer courses are held in the evenings to accommodate interns who are working throughout the day. During the regular academic year, courses are held 1 to 2 evenings per week in the fall semester and less frequently in the spring.