Residency Administrator Certificate (Principal)

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Designed for educators who hold a master's degree, or are currently enrolled in a master's program. Candidates earn the Washington State residency administrator certificate (principal).


  1. Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Valid Washington State teacher or educational staff associate (ESA) certificate.
  3. Three years of documented successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students.


Washington State Requirement

All candidates for the residency principal's certificate must spend 540 hours in a full school-year field experience, of which at least one half shall be when students and staff are present.

Mentor Supervision

The intern shall be under the supervision of a mentoring principal or vice principal certificated at the appropriate level with a minimum threes years of experience in the role.

District & University Approval

In addition to getting University approval on all internship arrangements, candidates must initiate and satisfy any internship approval procedures required by their district.

University Credit

540 hours of field experience (EDAD 592) translates to (12) credit hours in one academic year; i.e., three consecutive quarters of (4) credits each.

Information Sessions

Prospective candidates are invited to explore program options at an upcoming information session.

Application Procedure

Submit the Graduate School online application. This secure process includes credit card payment of a $100 application fee, and instructions for providing these supporting materials:

  1. Official Transcripts: Two from each institution attended. If you previously attended WWU, it is not necessary to provide WWU transcripts or other transcripts previously submitted to WWU.
  2. Letter of intent stating:
    1. Why you want to become a school administrator
    2. How your understanding of diversity relates to improving learning for all students. Include your understanding of diversity and your leadership experiences related to student diversity in your response, recognizing that your school/district has students with diverse backgrounds. For the purpose of this letter of intent, diversity may include but not be limited to: highly capable, special needs, 504 plans, ELL/ESL, ethnicity and culture, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or other.
    3. Your goals and objectives as an education leader.
  3. Resumé outlining your education and professional history.
  4. One copy of valid Washington State certificate (teacher or educational staff associate). If submitting an ESA certificate, you must include a letter from your supervisor describing your assignment and service that supports three years of documented successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students.
  5. Prerequisite Experience for a Principal’s Certificate (Form SPI/CERT 4001F-C)
  6. Professional Reference Forms (3): One each from two building-level administrators, and one from a district-level administrator.
  7. Candidate Information Form

Application Deadlines

To receive full consideration for admission to this program, applicants must submit all application materials by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Quarter: August 1
  • Winter Quarter: October 1
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer Quarter: May 1

Administrator Certification

Administrator Certification contains basic information and Woodring certification contact information for candidates and alumni of WWU's Residency Principal, Professional Administrator, and Initial Superintendent programs.

Curriculum: 48 Credits

The following courses are required for Washington State residency principal certification.

Course Title Credits
EDAD 512 Policy Studies in Educational Administration 4
EDAD 537 Seminar in Public School Finance 4
EDAD 541 Theory in Educational Administration 4
EDAD 543 Supervision in the Public Schools 4
EDAD 548 School Law 4
EDAD 549 Seminar in School Personnel Administration 4
EDAD 550 Developing Staff & Community Relations 4
EDAD 552 Planning for Curriculum Administration 4
EDAD 553 Administering Elementary & Secondary Schools 4

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Gainful Employment Disclosure:
Principals Initial Certificate

Institutions are required to disclose certain information about students who enrolled in Federal Financial Aid Title IV eligible education programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Western Washington University certificate programs are subject to this disclosure and the required information is provided on this webpage.

Principals Initial Certificate

WWU Office of Postsecondary Education ID: 003802
Dept. of Education Classification of Instructional Programs Code: 130401
Description: Educational Leadership & General Administration
Level: Postbaccalaureate
Related Occupations: 11-9032.00 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
Total Costs - Tuition and Fees: $21,816
Total Costs - Books and Supplies: $2,040
Annual Room and Board for Students Living On Campus: 2011-2012 $8,755
Program Cost Information at WWU's website: Tuition and Fees
On-Time Graduation Rate: 75.86%
Percent of Students Completing Program with Debt: 44.83%
Median Federal Student Loan Debt of Student Completing Program: 0
Median Private Student Loan Debt of Student Completing Program: 0
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt of Student Completing Program: 0
Program length (Months): 18
Normal Time to Complete (Months): 27
Students Completing Program*: 29
Students Completing Program in Normal Time*: 22

* Denotes data from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013

** Federal regulations allow disclosure of this information only for programs with 10 or more students. Not Applicable indicates there were less than 10 students in this program.