Educational Administration


The Heritage University Principal and Program Administrator Certification Program, with optional M.Ed. in Educational Administration, is tailored to meet the needs of experienced educators who aspire to leadership roles in K-12 systems.


Heritage’s individual attention and holistic approach to your education ensures you leave as a well-prepared leader in the ever-changing and advancing education environment. Instructors include superintendents, assistant superintendents, and principals with years of experience in their fields. You’ll learn the latest in educational theory and gain real-world experience and insights from people who know what works.

During the program, you’ll build a portfolio of research-based experiences that speak to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) Criterions, and current Washington State Legislature standards.


  • Blended online and in-person learning 
  • Cohort model maximizes opportunity for networking and collaboration
  • Coursework aligned with the leadership frameworks used to evaluate practicing administrators
  • A balance of theory and practice with projects that enable students to apply new learning to solving real school issues in their own contexts
  • Cycles of inquiry, action and reflection help students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be effective leaders of change.
  • Courses and assignments build on one another to create a strong foundation and road map for the internship experience and professional portfolio required for certification.
  • Instructors are experienced school and district leaders.


  • Complete coursework and internship in two years while working full-time.
  • Take two courses per semester in core program, with a staggered schedule to help you focus on key projects.
  • Participate in synchronous online classes in the evening, from anywhere with high-speed internet access.
  • Collaborate with cohort colleagues during five in-person seminar days per academic year.


Principal/Program Administrator Certification (22 total credits)
ED564A - Creating School Culture (3)
ED567A - Data and Student Achievement (3)
ED527A - Curriculum Alignment (3)
ED570A - Instruction & Evaluation Practices (3)
ED535A - Closing the Achievement Gap (2)
ED573 or ED597 - Internship (8)

M.Ed. in Educational Administration (32 total credits)
Courses listed above plus an additional 10-credit action research sequence


Upon successful completion of the program you will be recommended to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a Residency Principal Certificate in Washington State.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree*
  • Residency Teacher Certificate or an Educational Staff Associate Certificate
  • 3+ years of teaching experience
    * A master’s degree is required for state certification as a principal or program administrator. If you do not already have a master’s degree you can meet this requirement by participating in the optional master’s program.

The first step is to apply to the graduate school of Heritage University. Once you’ve been accepted to Heritage University you will need to complete an application to the Educational Administration Program.

Apply to the Graduate School

Graduate Program Scholarship for Educational Administration Application for 2015 >