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K-12 Principal Endorsement Graduate Certificate

Being a school principal is a challenging, rewarding career for the right individual. Prepare to be an effective school principal with the K-12 Principal Endorsement Graduate Certificate. School Principals lead faculty, staff, and students to accomplish academic goals and work to create positive change for students, teachers, parents, staff, and the community.

K-12 Principal Endorsement Graduate Certificate 

Preparing professional educators for leadership and administration in K-12 schools.

Career Opportunities

  • Public School Principal
  • Private School Principal
  • State Departments of Education
  • Alternative School Principal
  • School Capacity Building
  • Charter School Principal
  • Textbook Consultant
  • Education Policy Consultant
  • Central Office Administrator   

Program and Admission Requirements

Idaho K-12 Principal Endorsement Graduate Certificate

Individuals who currently hold an educationally-related master's degree can complete a sequence of courses to earn a Graduate Certificate (22 credits) and be eligible for an institutional recommendation towards the Idaho K-12 principal endorsement. 

Admissions requirements and procedures are detailed on:

The ISU Graduate School website

The Graduate School graduate catalog

This Graduate Certificate requires a minimum of 22 credits:

  • 18 credits in coursework aligned to the Idaho Standards for the Preparation of School Principals
  • 3 credits of internship (a state requirement)
  • 1 credit of case study (taken in the last semester)

Required Courses

Patti Mortensen

Dr. Patti Mortensen

Assistant Professor

Office: College of Education 377

(208) 282-3661

mortpatt@isu.edu