Educational Administration


The Heritage Principal/Program Administrator certificate and M.Ed. in Educational Administration programs have been hand-crafted for educators who aspire to become school leaders, especially in the role of building principal.

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.

The Educational Administration Certification only program includes 5 core courses and a year-long internship. The M.Ed. in Educational Administration consists of 10 courses and an internship.

The internship will give you an opportunity to attain and develop the skills necessary for future success as a principal. It will accustom you to a diversity of language, income, and ethnic backgrounds while you work directly with district supervisors, faculty, students, parents and community and government entities.

The internship is designed to be completed in conjunction with a full-time district contract.

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.

Heritage makes continuing education fit your busy life. The Educational Administration degree is conveniently offered online and in Tri-Cities, Seattle and Toppenish, with online, in-person, and hybrid courses.

To qualify for the Principal/Program Administrator Certification program, you must have at least a bachelor's degree or a master's degree, and either a Residency Teacher Certificate with at least three years of documented successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students, or an Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate.

If you do not currently hold a master’s degree, you can complete the 34-credit M.Ed. in Educational Administration and qualify for your master’s and administrator certification in 5-semesters.

Those who currently hold a master's degree do not need to complete a second master's degree in order to obtain certification as a school principal. They only need to complete the 22-credit administrative certification portion.

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