Ed Leadership: Principal Certification – Program Features

Project-Based Learning



Maryville’s national accreditation and regional reputation for excellence in leadership preparation makes our graduates highly sought after administrators. You’ll work with expert faculty and outstanding professionals in the field with many opportunities for professional growth. The program provides a strong foundation of theory, practical application, and a developed personal philosophy about leadership.

The program is organized around a cohort or student group plan where 12 to 20 students advance through their classes together. The cohort builds camaraderie, provides you with additional resources and helps you recognize your own strength. This flexible 33-credit program is tailored to the working professional and takes two years to complete by meeting just one night a week.

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a field-based internship for educational leadership programs. These will occur during a summer semester and with planned experiences throughout the school year. Maryville works closely with numerous school districts in the region that provide internship opportunities for our students.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.

Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.