Principal Preparation Program

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP – With a focus on best practices, candidates will learn how to lead 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.

Pacific Lutheran University residency administrator program is a 12 month program. 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 local current practitioners and discipline specific faculty.  Program coursework is built around the ISSLC standards and emphasizes instructional leadership, data analysis, special education and more.

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Program Overview

  • Total Credits: 32 credits
  • Program Cost: $16,000
  • Program Length: 12 months. Program may be extended on an individual basis.
  • Program Start: June 2017
  • Program Options: Residency Principal. This program is currently Certification Only, all applicants must have a master’s degree
  • Internship: A 540 hour Principal internship will occur simultaneously with coursework from August – June. Admitted candidates are required to receive district internship support.

Program Schedule: During the first summer, classes are held on campus and online typically three-four weekdays per week. Fall and spring classes are held one to two weekday evenings and some weekends. To view a sample program calendar click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more? Interested participants are invited to attend an information session, schedule an in-person or phone advising appointment, or visit the program webpage.

Campus Information Session

September – Thursday, September 21, 4:00-5:00pm, Morken 103
October – Tuesday, October 10, 5:00-6:00pm, Morken 103
October – Wednesday, October 25, 4:00-5:00pm, Morken 103
November – Thursday, November 16, 5:00-6:00pm, Morken 103
December – Tuesday, December 5, 4:00-5:00pm, Morken 103
January – Wednesday, January 10, 5:00-6:00pm, Morken 103

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Application Information

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 cohort. If you are interested in joining the Summer 2018 cohort please call or attend an upcoming information session. 

Supply all program admission items to PLU’s Education Office at

Pacific Lutheran University
School of Education
12180 Park Ave S.
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

Deadlines:  Priority applications are due Friday, February 17, 2017 in order to be eligible for the Washington State Intern Grant. The AWSP internship grant will open December 6, 2016.

The successful application will include:

Application Timeline

  • Applications for the 2017 cohort are currently being accepted
  • Feb 17 – Priority Applicant Deadline (all materials must be included for consideration)
  • March 6 – Priority Applicant Admission Notification
  • March 18 – AWSP State funded internship grant application due
  • March 31 – Late Application Deadline (no longer eligible for AWSP intern grant)
  • May TBA – Internship Coordination Meeting with District Supervisor and Program Coordinator
  • June TBA – Summer Coursework Begins*

The admissions committee will review all files at each deadline.  If selected, candidates will receive notification via email on admission decisions.