School Principal Certificate

The School Principal Certificate Program is intended for students who previously earned a master's degree and are interested in the New Jersey Principal Certificate of Eligibility (Endorsement Code: 0200). Students interested in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership can find additional information here.

The Educational Leadership program at William Paterson University has been conceived to be Different by Design by providing student choice allowing: a) flexible pacing from two to six years, b) an 18 graduate credit coursework core cohort experience, c) an authentic 300 hour internship in educational leadership, d) weekend classes, and e) hybrid and online learning platforms. This flexible design is responsive to student needs to balance the demands of personal and professional time, finances, and family.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

  • Rolling admissions
  • Non-degree status not available


Summer session

Contact Us

Dr. Samuel Fancera
Program Director, Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completed five years of successful, full time teaching or education services experience. Record of Professional Experience (ROPE) form
  • Two professional letters of recommendation; one letter should be from your school principal who agrees to serve as your mentor during your two-year internship in educational leadership
  • Personal interview. You must bring a portfolio that includes the following:
    • A resume and a copy of all your certifications.
    • A writing sample will be requested at the interview demonstrating your ability to respond to a leadership prompt in a coherent well-articulated manner.
    • One recommendation letter from your principal and one from another professional in a leadership position.
    • One or two artifacts that show your teaching competency.
    • One or two artifacts that support your leadership experiences.

Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or minimum admissions test requirements may supplement the portfolio with additional materials that support their academic and leadership potential for successful completion of this graduate program.

At the interview, you will be requested to complete a short writing sample demonstrating your ability to respond to a leadership prompt in a coherent well-articulated manner.