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GEDU 518 Educational Approaches in a Multicultural Society (3 credits) GEDU 523 Educational Approaches in a Multicultural Society Field Experience 15 hours (1 credit) GEDU 520 Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners (3 credits) GEDU 525 Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners Field Experience 15 hours (1 credit) GEDU 519 Structures of English (3 credits) GEDU 524 Structures of English Field Experience 15 hours (1 credit) GEDU 517 Assessment and Support for English Language Learners (3 credits) GEDU 522 Assessment and Support for English Language Learners Field Experience 15 hours (1 credit) Total credits required for ESL Certificate 16 credits

Principal PK-12 Certification Program – ONLINE Program Coordinator: Mr. Stephen F. Corsi (814) 871-5399 •

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL PK-12 CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The mission of Gannon University’s Principal Preparation Program is to prepare principals as instructional leaders who effectively and ethically bring about continuous school improvements that result in increased student achievement.

PRINCIPAL AS AGENT OF SCHOOL REFORM The Principal Preparation Program is designed around the conceptual framework of The Principal as Agent of School Reform and is designed to meet the Pennsylvania Leadership Standards. All the courses in the certification program are approved to meet the Act 45/48 professional development requirement and are also approved as foundational courses for Gannon’s Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership.

PROGRAM DISTINCTIONS Program Delivery Model for Working Professionals Classes meet online. The 12-month online program allows the complete flexibility that busy educators need to accommodate work and family. Travel to Gannon University is not required during the program.


Leadership Assessment Each candidate takes part in a leadership assessment prior to the capstone internship experience. This assessment helps to establish the focus of the internship and ensures that the candidate has a wellrounded experience under the direction of a principal. Cohort The design of Gannon’s program is based on effective models of adult learning. The program provides candidates in an online cohort community the opportunity to cooperate and collaborate throughout the sequence of five connected core courses all of which have job embedded internships. Once the online learning community is formed, it becomes the basis of a strong professional network that continues to provide support and professional development for the candidates as they move through their leadership careers. Leadership Mentor/ Portfolio Advisor Every candidate is assigned a Leadership Mentor/Portfolio Advisor who serves as the consistent point of contact and mentor throughout the candidate’s program. Highly Qualified Faculty Courses are taught by highly qualified content experts who are successful practitioners in their respective fields. These faculty members are either current principals or individuals who have administrative experience. Differentiated Internships The internships begin during the first course at the introductory level, continue through key skills areas at the developmental level, and culminate during the last course in a mastery level capstone internship. This differentiated model allows candidates to have guided practice and formative feedback from faculty mentors and experienced practitioners throughout the program. Length of Internships The internship experiences take place throughout the program so that candidates are involved in critical leadership responsibilities involving students, faculty and staff, strategic planning, curriculum development, budgeting, and other key areas of district culture. The concurrent internships vary in length from 20 to 35 hours and the Principal Mastery Internship is 235 hours, which equates to 360 total internship hours in the PreK-12 Principal Certification program. Principal Professional Portfolio Candidates develop a Principal Professional Portfolio throughout their courses and internship learning experiences and present the portfolio as a capstone activity. The portfolio is a very effective tool in career advancement.

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