Certificate in Principal Preparation



    20 Feb, 2023

    12 Months



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Certificate in Principal Preparation

Designed for aspiring principals, directors or administrators, our fully online Certificate in Principal Preparation prepares you to become an education leader and earn your administrative or principal certification. You’ll engage with current scientific research, pedagogy and instructional technology while improving your supervision and leadership skills. Understand how to create an effective school-wide vision and use data to inform decision-making in P-12 school settings. Advance your career while maximizing your impact in the field of education.

Why ACE?

Quality You Expect

Our accredited programs are designed for working professionals who want a quality education. We’re committed to delivering high-quality, affordable and accessible online programs grounded in evidence-based content and relevant application.

Low Cost You Deserve

Are you employed by one of our partners? Did you graduate from an HBCU? Are you an inner-city teacher, a military veteran, a first-generation graduate student or an aspiring administrator? If so, you could be eligible for some of the $2.5M of scholarships and grants we provide in addition to our already low-cost programs.

Flexibility You Need

If you have graduate credits from another university or institution, you may be able to transfer these credits to fulfill ACE program requirements. Our Enrollment Counselors can help you evaluate your options. Also, our 24/7 support resources are here to help you complete your program and achieve your goals.


We believe in full transparency with our total cost of attendance. No hidden fees. No surprises along the way.

Total Cost Certificate in Principal Preparation

Total Tuition

21 semester credits x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee
$100 Conferral Fee
$840 Technology and Library Fee
(21 Semester Credits X $40 per Credit)


Total Program Cost


Find a plan that fits your budget.

Program Details


Focus of Study

Start Dates

With flexible start dates, you can begin your program when it’s best for you.

20 Feb, 2023 Term

17 Feb, 2023

Application Due

17 Feb, 2023

Payment Due

20 Feb, 2023

Term Start

24 Feb, 2023

Unregister/Cancel Deadline

26 Mar, 2023

Term End

10 Apr, 2023 Term

22 May, 2023 Term

10 Jul, 2023 Term

21 Aug, 2023 Term

02 Oct, 2023 Term

13 Nov, 2023 Term


Here are just some of the courses you’ll take when working towards this program. Visit the College Catalog to see all courses.


Instructional Leadership

3 Semester Credits


Equity-Centered Leadership

3 Semester Credits


Developing Teachers

3 Semester Credits


School Improvement

3 Semester Credits


Resource and Fiscal Management

3 Semester Credits


Law and Policy

3 Semester Credits


Internship Experience for Educational Leadership

3 Semester Credits

Admission Requirements

ACE General Admission Requirements

Program Admission Requirements

Arizona Admission Requirements

Illinois Admission Requirements

Ohio Admission Requirements

International Transcript Requirements

English as a Second Language Applicants

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