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Administrator Certification Program

Mission Statement - 

Our mission is to prepare school leaders who demonstrate strategic, instructional, organizational, political, personnel and community leadership; and to provide the community a source of scholarship and assistance in interpretation and application of scholarship and effective learning practices.


The School Administrator Certification Program (ACP) at Central Washington University (CWU) prepares educational leaders to assume management and instructional responsibilities needed to facilitate learning in a diverse world. The Department of Advanced Programs and School Administrator Certification Program provide candidates with a broad background of theory and practice, including: a series of prerequisite courses in theory and knowledge; a field-based administrator internship experience; and, supplemental educational opportunities. This combination of professional preparation and experience has been designed to provide Principal and Program Administrator candidates the opportunity to demonstrate, in both their CWU course work and internship experience, the skills and knowledge inherent in WAC 181-79A-211.

Focusing on the nature, theory, principles, and practices of administration in the educational setting, the program has been designed for experienced teachers, department chairs, consultants, supervisors, curriculum leaders, and subject area specialists who have indicated an interest in considering educational administration as a career or who wish to develop an understanding of the administrative process.

The Administrator Certification Program is designed for individuals who already possess or are working towards a Master of Education degree. Admission to the graduate program does not automatically qualify you for admittance into the Administrator Certification Program. These are two separate programs that each require an application process.

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