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Department of Professional Studies

Educational Leadership: Principal Internship

The 6 credit, 435 hour (11 week) principal internship is designed to provide master's and principal certificate students with practical school leadership experience. Students will work with principals at different grade levels. The internship is comprised of 3 weeks (120 hours) at each of the following levels:  elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Students are encouraged to begin their internship after completing at least 2 of the required courses. Prior to beginning any internship hours, students must pply to PTSB for an Internship permit, complete the preliminary paperwork in the internship packet, and contact their UW internship supervisor for approval to log internship hours. The eInternship Guide provides help in creating a Google Site that houses all of the internship paperwork described on the Internship Checklist for principal interns (found in the internship packet).

Additional requirements include completing 75 hours of internship activities embedded into EDAD 5580: Supervised Internship. Students complete, post, and discuss 25 internship activities in EDAD 5580 (12 in the fall and 13 in the spring). The 6 credit hours of EDAD 5580 can be completed in a number of ways to meet student needs, however 2 consecutive semesters (fall and spring OR spring and fall) as an active participant are required to complete the 25 internship activities. Students must be enrolled in EDAD 5580 during their final semester of the program to post the ePortfolio. The ePortfolio Guide outlines the requirements of this professional portfolio which serves as the final, culminating project of the program.

Some typical ways of accomplishing the 6 credits of EDAD 5580 are:

  • 3 active hours in Fall, 3 active hours in Spring (final semester in program), and posting of the ePortfolio in the Spring course
  • 2 active hours in Fall, 2 active hours in Spring, and 2 inactive hours in the semester that coursework and internship hours are completed to post the ePortfolio
  • 1 inactive hour any semester (Summer, Fall, or Spring) to complete internship paperwork and get approval to begin logging hours, 2 active hours in Fall or Spring, 2 active hours in Spring or Fall, and 1 inactive hour in the semester that coursework and internship hours are completed (Summer, Fall, or Spring) to post the ePortfolio

Please note that registration in EDAD 5580 defaults to 1 credit hou. Once registered, students can change the number of credit hours by going to "schedule and options" tab.

Please contact Dr. Margaret Hudson (, Internship Coordinator for principal internships, prior to commencing the internship.

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