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GEDU 520 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (3 credits) GEDU 525 ESL Methods Practicum 15 hours (1 credit) GEDU 519 Structures of English (3 credits) GEDU 524 Structures of English Practicum 15 hours (1 credit) GEDU 517 Assessment and Support for English Language Learners (3 credits) GEDU 522 Assessment and Support for English Language Learners Practicum 15 hours (1 credit) Total credits required for ESL Certificate 16 credits Gainful Employment esl/gedt.html

Principal PK-12 Certification Program - ONLINE

Program Coordinator: Bill Hallock, Ed.D, (814) 871-7136


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.


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 and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards. All of 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 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 Cohort Mentor/ Portfolio Advisor Every candidate has a Leadership Cohort Mentor/Portfolio Advisor who serves as the consistent point of contact and mentor throughout the candidate’s progression through the preparation program. Highly Qualified Faculty Courses are taught by highly qualified content experts who are successful practitioners in their respective fields. The courses are taught by either current or retired 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 embedded 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. Leadership Portfolio Candidates develop a Leadership 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.


Applicants must: • Complete an application for admission. • Submit official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university which verify a Master’s degree in Education or a related field and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, plus transcripts showing any additional graduate-level coursework. • Submit three letters of recommendation, including one from the current superintendent. The letter from the superintendent

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