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The Principalship Internship

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires a 360-hour internship/field experience for Principal Certification candidates. These hours must be documented across a full calendar year in order to meet PDE requirements.

The internship is normally completed at the end of the Principal Certification program. Students should work with their assigned EDLDR 595 Internship instructor as well as their designated on-site approved mentor/principal to construct an appropriate sequence of experiences that cover the full calendar year. Students will register for EDLDR 595 for each of the three (3) semesters for a total of three (3) credits. The candidate is expected to complete a full-year internship/field experience with a state-certified mentor principal. 

Candidates for Principal Certification should see their adviser for internship requirements, as well as for further information regarding the Performance-based Internship.