Apply for your Administrative cert online!

For more information on the application process please contact the Office of Graduate Studies:



Physical location
438 Old Main

Mailing address
Graduate Studies
5000 Abbey Way
Lacey, WA 98503

Office hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

For more information on the program content, please contact:

Linda Maier, Ed.D.
Program Director
College of Education
Saint Martin’s University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500

School Administrator brochure

School Administrator Program handbook

School Administrator Certification

About the program

The school administration program is designed to meet requirements for certification as a school administrator (principal or program administrator). * Please see the most recent program update (PDF).

  • Those students without a master's degree enroll in the MED Program, leading to certification and a master's degree.
  • Those students already possessing a master's degree can enroll in the certification-only option. Coursework and experience will be evaluated to determine specific requirements needed.
  • Either of the options will help you meet your professional goal through a flexible program offered in small classes taught by highly qualified faculty.

Program features

  • Program flexibility, with customized options leading to administrative certification
  • Designed for employed students, courses are offered evenings, weekends and summers
  • Use of case studies, field experiences and reflective assessments to assure relevance
  • Highly qualified faculty members with many years of real-world experiences working in schools and other educational settings

Admission requirements

Applicants are encouraged to have had at least three years of relevant work experience in the field of education. Other work experience with students is considered on an individual basis. All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate studies and/or previous graduate work
  • Certification as a teacher or ESA in the state of Washington or comparable certification from another state
  • Letter of support from your district for internship placement

School administration (19-22 hours) (Additional hours are needed for graduate degree)

MED 631 Curriculum Theory and Development (3) - (optional)
MED 650 Professional Development Evaluation and Supervision (3)
MED 653 Principles of Leadership (3)
MED 654 Principal as Leader of Learning Community (3)
MED 655 School and Community Relations (2)
MED 656 Educational Finance (2)
MED 657 School Law for Educational Administrators (2)
MED 659a Principal Internship (6)
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MED 659b Program Administrator Internship (6)

School Administrator Program Handbook (Word or PDF)

Informational PowerPoint (school administration program)