Administrator Preparation Programs

These programs are designed to be completed in as little as 12 months for the emerging leader on a tight timeline, or can be spread out over a longer period for the working professional.  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 performance-based documentation of candidates’ knowledge, skills, dispositions, and professional behaviors.   The program offers small cohorts led by specially trained and experienced instructors including current Superintendents and PLU faculty.  Classes emphasize data driven, research based and contextually appropriate leadership development.

We are not accepting new applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

Program Overview

  • Total Credits: Minimum of 18 for certification, 32 for the Master’s Degree (MAE) and certification
  • Program Length: Minimum 10 months for certification, 1 year for MAE.  May be extended to accommodate individual needs.
  • Program Start: July
  • Program Options: Certification Only for individuals with Master’s Degrees or Certification with Master’s Degree.  Residency Principal, Program Administrator or Both.
  • Example Schedule
  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Classes in the fall and spring semesters are typically held evenings via an online platform (Eluminate), which allows real-time interaction between classmates and faculty, and also once a month on Saturdays on the PLU campus.  During the summers, classes are on-site typically three afternoons/evenings per week.

Application Information

Return all items to the PLU Office of Admissions.

Deadlines: We are currently not accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or a Master’s degree for the certification only track
  • Minimum of three years successful teaching experience
  • Washington State Professional or Continuing Teacher Certification

Application Components

  • Graduate Application and application fee.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Application Essay:  Submit a written essay identifying and discussing three values that will guide your educational practice. It should be between 500 and 750 words in length on a separate piece of paper. Please reference your name on each page
  • Resume: Submit a résumé that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors and awards.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended.

The admissions committee will review all files at each deadline.  If selected for an interview you will be contacted with instructions to call and reserve an interview time.