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Superintendent and Principal Programs

Electronic Application for Program Review:

Note:  All attached documents are in pdf format.

Electronic Application Link: A designated individual at each institution was given a username and password to access the application.  Please contact your institution directly to access the application; PDE cannot provide additional access.  For more information, e-mail RA-EdLeadership@pa.gov

Educational Leadership Electronic Application - Instruction Manual (PDF updated 5/1/09)

Educational Leadership Electronic Application - Instruction Manual Appendices (PDF updated 5/1/09)

Webinar PowerPoint: Orientation to the New Electronic Application for Principal & Superintendent Programs (PDF updated 5/22/2009)

Program Guidelines:

We are pleased to provide the official approved guidelines for the new Superintendent and Principal Preparation Programs.  The goals of these new guidelines are to:

  1. Ensure that programs are aligned with the three core and six corollary Pennsylvania Leadership Standards.
  2. Ensure that programs are incorporating the promising practices of leader preparation programs that have demonstrated a link to improved student achievement.
  3. Ensure that a comprehensive and relevant curriculum is offered and that adequate field experiences are included.
  4. Ensure that the faculty in each program is highly qualified and includes researchers as well as practitioners with recent experience.

Guidelines for Superintendent and Principal Programs


Program Review Materials:

Initial Program Approval Process (PDF updated 8/28/09)

Principal Program Review Rubric (PDF updated 7/27/09)

Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Program Review Rubric (PDF updated 8/14/09)

Other Documents:

September 17th Reviewer Training Documents:

Program Approval Fees Letter  (PDF sent to institutions on June 11, 2009)

Webinar Instructions (PDF updated 5/28/09)

April 15th Educational Leadership Program Review Conference Documents:


For additional information, please contact:

Christina Baumer| Chief, Division of Professional Education and Teacher Quality
Pennsylvania Department of Education - School Leadership and Teacher Quality
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.3470 | Fax:  717.783.6736

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