State Reciprocity: Educational Administrator (School Principal)
Last updated May 2022
Whitworth University's Educational Administrator program is designed to prepare students for school principal certification in the State of Washington. To help prospective students determine whether Whitworth's programs meet educational requirements in other states, the following information on state reciprocity for the Educational Administrator program is provided for the states of Oregon, Idaho, California, Hawaii and Colorado. If a state is not listed here, then Whitworth has not made a determination whether our educational administrator program can meet educational requirements in that state. If you would like more information for a state other than those listed, please contact Goldy Brown (email@example.com) for assistance in making that determination.
School Administrator Reciprocity to Oregon
Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. However, applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state may be issued a non-renewable Reciprocal Administrator License while completing coursework and assessment requirements.
To qualify for a Preliminary Administrator License, a candidate must:
- Hold a bachelor's and master's degree or higher in the arts and sciences or an advanced degree in the professions from a regionally-accredited institution
- Complete, as part of the master's degree or separately, an initial graduate program in school administration at an approved institution
- Complete a course on Oregon School Law and Finance or demonstrate equivalent competency
- Have three years of experience as a full-time licensed educator on any license
- Receive a passing score on the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam.
School Administrator Reciprocity to Idaho
Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. However, an applicant may be issued an Idaho Interim Certificate while they complete coursework and/or assessment requirements.
To qualify for an Administrator Certificate with a School Principal Endorsement P-12, a candidate must:
- Hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university
- Complete a state-approved program of at least 30 semester credit hours of graduate study in school administration for preparation of school principals at an accredited college or university that includes competencies of the Idaho Foundation Standards for School Administrators: School Climate, Collaborative Leadership, and Instructional Leadership and receive institutional recommendation
- Complete an administrative internship in a state-approved program or have one year of experience as an administrator in grades P-12
- Have four years of full-time certificated experience working with students, grades P-12, while under contract in an accredited school setting
- Show proof of proficiency in evaluating teacher performance demonstrated by receiving a passing score on an approved assessment.
Details can be found at: www.sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/cert/apply/out-of-state.html#
School Administrator Reciprocity to California
In addition to verified out-of-state education and work experience comparable to in-state candidates, out-of-state applicants prepared in a regionally-accredited teacher and administrator preparation program holding, or who are eligible to hold, a certificate issued by another state must also satisfy California's basic skills requirement and submit fingerprint clearance forms. An out-of-state applicant who satisfies all necessary requirements except the basic skills requirement may be issued a one-year non-renewable credential.
Note: If an out-of-state prepared candidate does not have the required five years of full-time teaching earned in another state, they must satisfy all the requirements of in-state candidates.
Details can be found at: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/out-of-state-admin
School Administrator Reciprocity to Hawaii
Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state must also hold a master's degree in educational administration or educational leadership from an accredited university and have at least five years K-12 school-level experience, to include four years satisfactory performance as a licensed, K-12 school-level principal or higher, in a public school system (private school and/or charter school experience is not accepted).
Details can be found at: www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/LicensureAndCertification/Pages/home.aspx#
School Administrator Reciprocity to Colorado
Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates.
To qualify for an Initial Principal License, a candidate must:
- Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accepted institution of higher education
- Complete an approved principal preparation program at an accepted institution of higher education or an approved alternative principal program
- Have at least three years of full-time, successful experience as a licensed or certified professional in a public/non-public elementary or secondary school in Colorado or another state
- Receive a passing score on the state-board adopted assessment for Principal Quality Standards.
Details can be found at: www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/endorsementrequirements