The Principal Certification Program (PCP)
The Penn State Principal Certification Program is aligned with the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership standards (PIL), as well as the standards of CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) formerly known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Penn State's World Campus Graduate Certificate for Principalship site provides more information. The program has three important features:
- A standardized Principal Certification Program is offered so that all students receive a consistent, high quality, and uniform program.
- The specific designated courses cover all national and PIL (Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership) standards. All course assignments and student results are aligned with these standards.
- A student management system using an electronic portfolio (Taskstream) is utilized to allow all students to maintain a record of their progress through the Principal Certification program. This provides documentary evidence of student proficiency in all related standard elements, an evaluation of student progress, and an evaluation of program outcomes.