Graduate Certification in Transformative Principalship


Welcome!  The Transformative Principalship Certification program is a one-year program designed to provide teachers with the necessary tools and resources to take on administrative roles in schools.  Teachers who hold a master's degree can apply for the program and obtain their principal certification in just one year.  Teachers who do not have a master's degree can choose one from WCU that matches their goals, and couple it with the principal certification program.  Students can earn a stand-alone certificate or can embed the certificate in the Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration.  The program is taught by current and former school and district administrators who understand what it takes to lead a school.   The program is cohort-based and begins in late May each year. 

Our graduate programs include a Doctorate of Education, a Master's degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs, as well as Principalship Certification and Superintendency Letter of Eligibility (LOE) options.  Our programs help students think critically about diverse educational issues by providing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills for professional growth.  Students in these programs gain experience in leadership and decision-making that contribute to their own success and to the success of students and educators spanning K-16+.

Curriculum (21 Credits)

The program must be completed over 12 consecutive months. The program is organized into the following courses:

Program Outline

  • Summer (May-August)
    • EDL 510 – Strategic & Cultural Leadership and Introduction to Internship (3 credits) (Field Course)
  • Fall (September-December)
    • EDF 511 – Foundations of Transformative Education (3 credits)
    • EDL 513 – Professional and Community Leadership (3 credits)
    • EDE 514 – The Principal Field Supervision (3 credits) (Field course)
  • Spring (January-May)
    • EDL 512 – Leadership for Learning (3 credits)
    • EDF 515 – Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3 credits)
    • EDE 514 – The Principal Field Supervision (3 credits) (Field course)

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Admission Procedures

A complete application to the Transformative Principalship program consists of the following:


  1. Completed online application (
  2. Official transcripts from every college and university attended
  3. A written statement of your professional goals
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. Teaching Certification
  7. Will have acquired a minimum of 5 years teaching experience by the time the certification program is complete

Application priority deadline is April 1st.

Contact Information

Dr. Matthew Kruger-Ross |