Copyright
 

Elementary Principal Certification and Certificate Programs

Aspiring elementary principals who enroll in certification programs will learn about elements of human resources, economics and leadership, among other relevant topics.

View popular schools

Essential Information

Certificate programs are typically offered to educators who already hold a master's degree or are currently pursuing a master's degree. Students in these programs learn about education-related business topics designed to serve as the foundations of being a successful principal.


Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Adult Education Administration
  • Community College Education
  • Educational and Curriculum Supervision
  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education Administration
  • K thru 8 Administration and Principalship
  • Secondary School Administration
  • Special Education Administration
  • Superintendency Education
  • Urban Education Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Education Administration

The curriculum covers a broad range of topics preparing individuals for leadership positions within schools. Graduates have the skills to manage operations as well as providing direction for teachers and staff. The topics covered might include:

  • School law
  • Organizational leadership
  • Program assessment and evaluation
  • Curriculum design
  • Human resources
  • Facilities management
  • Budget and finance
  • Technology in education
  • Current issues in education
  • Elementary school systems

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 6% job growth for elementary, middle, and high school principals during the 2014-2024 decade (www.bls.gov). The median salary for these professionals was $90,410 in 2015 according to the BLS.

Licensing, Certification and Continuing Education

Elementary school principals must obtain a state license. Continuing education courses are required by many states in order to maintain licensure. Professional organizations, such as the National Association of Elementary School Principals, provide opportunities for continued learning and career development. As of 2010, there was no national certification program for elementary principals. However, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced plans to develop a board certification for principals.

Graduate certification programs for education administration prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills to become successful licensed elementary principals.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?