Note: The information below is the application process for the Administrator Certification Program. Please follow the links below for information about applying to our other programs:
- Master of Education, School Administration
- Master of Education, Instructional Leadership
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.
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.
Standards for the certification of school administrators in the State of Washington, adopted by the State Board of Education, require that every program preparing educational professionals be developed by a Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB). The PEAB is a collaborative partnership made up of representatives from school districts, specialized professional organizations, and colleges/universities. The CWU school administration PEAB advises the University regarding the development, implementation, and revision of the professional preparation program for school administrators, and includes representation from: the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA); the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP); the Washington Education Association (WEA); the Washington State School Director's Association (WSSDA); other specialized professional education organizations; and CWU. The Department of Education at CWU has management responsibility.
All candidates seeking administrator certification through CWU (i.e., Principal's Certificate; Administrator Certificate in Instructional Leadership; Administrator Certificate in Special Education) ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING THE FOLLOWING ADMISSION PROCEDURES:
(Please note: completing these requirements does not guarantee admission to Central Washington University or the degree program)
Director of Admissions
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7463
Please apply for the term, in which you plan to begin course work.
It is the policy of CWU not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or the presence of any handicap in its education programs, activities, admissions or employment policies.
If you have been admitted to and enrolled in a Master's degree program at CWU, you have satisfied the requirement for admission to the University.
NOTE: Each time a student completes a degree or certificate program from the University, they terminate their active enrollment status, and if they wish to seek additional degrees or certificates, they must reapply for formal admission. Active enrollment status is also terminated if courses are not taken the previous academic quarter. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your admission status, contact the CWU Office of Admissions immediately (509) 963-1211.