The school administrator certification program is designed to meet requirements for certification as a school administrator (principal or program administrator).

Fall 2019 Information Sessions!


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*:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Those without a master's degree must enroll in the Master of Education program, school administrator strand.
  • Overall 3.0 undergraduate or other master's degree GPA.
  • Certification as a teacher or ESA in Washington state, or comparable certification from another state
  • Ability to obtain a letter of support from your district for internship placement.

In addition, international students must submit proof of English proficiency in one of two ways:

  • An undergraduate degree from a US institution where the English is the language of instruction.
  • An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report (less than 2 years old) sent directly from the testing agency. For full admission we require a 79 IBT/213 CBT/550 PBT on the TOFEL or 6.5 band score on the academic version of the IELTS.

International students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency, but are otherwise admissible, will be conditionally admitted through our ESL program. Saint Martin's University is the sole judge of an applicant's English proficiency.

*Students not meeting these requirements will be considered for conditional admission. Saint Martin's University recognizes that while previous performance is a valuable indicator of potential success, there are those who have demonstrated that potential in other ways than traditional academic performance.

The program requires 21 semester hours of course work.

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) OR MED 659b Program Administrator Internship (6)

Additional hours will be required if pursing the Masters of Education, School Administrator strand option. Please see the MED degree requirements.

Program schedule

Course delivery

Summer academy 2019

Six weeks academy

July 9 - Aug 17

Hybrid classes will meet face-to-face and online to best align with students' schedules.

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays during Summer Academy

Fall and spring semester

Back-to-back intern seminar and one additional class offered in a hybrid format in both fall and spring
(web and in-person)

Classes meet face-to-face on average seven times a semester on a week night, with the rest of the courses conducted online

New for summer 2019: Summer Academy Scholarships. Please see "related" link to learn more and apply!

  • Suggested schedule of classes
    Course Credits
    Summer academy (6 weeks)
    MED 653 Principles of leadership 3
    MED 655 School and community relations 2
    MED 657 School law for education administrators 2
    MED 654 Principal as leader of learning community 3
    Fall semester
    MED 650 Professional development, evaluation and supervision 3
    MED 659 Internship 3
    Spring semester
    MED 656 School finance 2
    MED 659 Internship 3
    Additional courses for the MED degree: MED 601, 607, 605, 559 and 561. Those interested in the MED degree with School Admin certification should see the MED website.

Financial aid and scholarships

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Federal aid

Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who will be enrolled at least half time and are citizens, or eligible non-citizens, of the USA. Most federal aid for graduate students is in the form of direct loans. 

For more details about federal aid eligibility and the different types of aid available for graduate and professional studies visit:

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Graduate teaching and research assistantships

Saint Martin’s University offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships to graduate students. For more information contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 360-412-6142.

Catholic school special tuition program

The Saint Martin's University Catholic school special tuition program will provide a 50 percent occupational special tuition to full-time religious and lay teachers, and principals and paraprofessionals of Catholic schools which are under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Seattle. This special tuition will apply to students accepted to any College of Education program. Individuals who are employed on a part-time basis will not be eligible for the program.

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To be eligible for the above special tuition, individuals must be fully accepted into the undergraduate teacher education program, the certification-only program, the Master in Teaching Program or the Master of Education Program. Please note that the special tuition for each semester (including summer) is based on the University academic year tuition rate.

Saint Martin's University reserves the right to limit the number of Catholic school special tuition program participants in any particular course or program. It is understood that students will be admitted on a "space available" basis. It is likewise understood that this tuition grant program is not retroactive.


  • What if I don’t have a master's?

    Students without a master's can apply for the MED Program with a concentration in school administration. This pathway generally takes two years to complete. See the MED website for additional information

  • Do I have to come to St. Martin’s University every week?

    No, the program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The Summer Academy is offered as a hybrid format with some on-campus classes. Fall and spring semester, students are required to come to Campus 7-times a semester during the week. The rest of the course content is conducted online. Students are expected to have access to technology and participate in an online class environment. See the program schedule page for a suggested schedule of classes.

  • What is the class size?

    Classes are purposely kept small so that students can engage in collaborative learning activities with their colleagues and instructors can offer strong support for students’ success.

  • Is the program accredited?

    Saint Martin's University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board recently reviewed St. Martin’s University and in a letter dated March 18, 2013 granted full approval for the Residency Principal and Program Administrator Program.


For more information, please contact Program Director Dr. Linda Maier at

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