College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Leadership

Principal, Graduate Certificate

This administrative certificate program is offered by the Educational Leadership department and prepares you for state certification as a principal in the public schools. Classes are offered in many locations across Arizona with admission applications being processed throughout the course of the year.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Principalship?

This administrative certificate program is offered by the Educational Leadership department. Completion of this program also leads to an Institutional Recommendation for AZ State Administrative Certification.

Eligibility to enter the internship component of the program requires that you have a posted master's degree (in any field), a minimum of three years teaching experience in K-12 education, and the completed sequence of coursework preceding the internship. This program leads to K-12 administrative certification for principals in the state of Arizona. In addition to completing this program, state certification requires that you complete specific documentation and take the appropriate state examination(s). Please visit the Arizona Department of Education K-12 administrative certification webpage for additional information.   

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Required Educational Leadership coursework (27 units)
  • Elective Educational Leadership coursework (9 units)

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • Master's degree with a minimum of 36 graduate units (in any field)
    • Three years of verified teaching experience in grades Pre-K through 12
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units:Following completion of the Graduate Certificate program, students will receive an Institutional Recommendation and may apply for state certification.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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