Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Robert E. Millward, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Cathy C. Kaufman, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Wenfan Yan, Ph.D.


Recent high-stakes accountability movements in education have significantly changed the role of the school principal. As the incongruence between principal preparation programs and successful principalships becomes more apparent, it is imperative that principal preparation programs evolve to meet the complex needs of today’s principalship and prepare leaders for tomorrow’s schools. This dissertation study explored the standards-based changes in principal preparation programs in Pennsylvania and gathered perceptions of practicing administrators to assist in understanding whether these new changes in preparation and licensure have adequately addressed the preparation issues that have gained so much notoriety over the past decade.