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Administrator Certification Program Residency Principalship

The Residency Principalship Certification prepares you for the position of building principal.  The building principal, who has line responsibility, works directly with the instructional program and student supervision, and provides input and direction to district-wide concerns of policy-making, fiscal management, planning, and curriculum.  The building principal, under the supervision of the Superintendent, and in compliance with established policies of the school district, is responsible for planning, management, supervision, and evaluation of the educational program of a particular attendance are or administrative unit. 


To receive a Residency Certificate as Principal, the candidate shall (WAC 181-78A-535):

  • Hold an approved Masters Degree from an accredited college / university and have completed an approved program for the preparation of Principals (WAC 181-78A-270).
  • Hold a valid initial or continuing Washington State Teaching Certificate (WAC 181-78A-211(1)(a)(i)).
  • Have documented successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students (WAC 181-79A211 (2)(a)(ii)).
  • Have completed an approved college / university professional preparation program (WAC 181-79A-030(5)).
  • Have completed an approved, year-long Principal internship (WAC 181-7A-325).
  • Provide assembled evidence / documentation in course work and the internship, as required by the PEAB, which identifies and adjudicates demonstration / possession of the required skills, knowledge, and competencies cited in Washington State Standard 5 - Knowledge and Skills. 
  • Participate in an interview, if required by the PEAB.
  • Be recommended for certification by the Chair of the CWU Administrator Preparation Program.

Admittance Procedures:

Please read the following document in its entirety prior to submitting the application materials: Administrator Certification Programs Admittance Procedures 

Course Requirements for the Residency Principal Certification:

Required Course Offerings
CreditsFallWinterSpring Summer
EDAD 577 - Diversity Leadership3 X  X 
EDAD 579 - Education Personnel4   X
EDAD 580 - Educational Administration4 X  
EDAD 581 - Public School Finance4  X 
EDAD 582 - School Curriculum4  X 
EDAD 583 - School and Community4X   
EDAD 584 - School Supervision4 X  
EDAD 586 - Principalship4X   
EDAD 589 - School Law4 X  
EDAD 692 / 693- Internship12X X*XX 
Total Credits:
(tentative schedule subject to change)

*The internship begins during Pre-Autumn (EDAD 692) and continues with the Internship during the academic quarters (EDAD 693)