Principal Licensure

Principal Licensure

Degree Type

Principal Licensure

Department

M.A. in Education

A principal has the opportunity and responsibility to foster academic success and a healthy culture within their school. If you’re a working professional who aspires to become a principal, you’ll need a principal licensure program that provides the essential skills and flexibility you’ll need to advance your career.

Program Overview

Accelerate your career at Western.

Western’s one-year Principal Licensure program allows you to earn your principal license while gaining hands-on administrative experience. Aligned with Colorado’s Principal Quality Standards, our program provides personalized support during your online coursework and continuous feedback from your mentor principal, regional coordinator and Western instructors throughout your residency.

*Principal licensure requirements vary from state-to-state. This program is approved based on the State of Colorado standards. You are solely responsible for checking what the specific requirements are from the department of education in the state you plan to work.

Real life experience

Western’s one-year Principal Licensure program allows you to earn your principal license and optional master’s degree while gaining hands-on administrative experience.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
EDUC 670 Introduction to School Leadership 4 View
EDUC 672 Personnel Selection and Development 3 View
EDUC 673 School Safety and Management 3 View
EDUC 674 Family and Community Involvement 3 View
EDUC 675 Student Learning and Accountability 3 View
EDUC 678 Principal Internship I 3 View
EDUC 679 Principal Internship II 3 View
EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders 4 View
EDUC 682 Shaping School Systems 3 View
EDUC 683 Legal and Ethical Issues in Education 3 View
EDUC 695 Resource Management in Education 3 View
EDUC 696 Engaging External Stakeholders 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

How It Works

Learn about the progression of your degree.

You’ll be admitted to the licensure program as part of our M.A. in Education and all your credits will apply toward a master’s degree.

  • During your first year, you’ll work with a mentor principal while taking 25 credits of online coursework. Then you’ll be recommended for your Colorado Principal License. Once you earn your Principal License, you have up to four more years to complete an additional 19 credits of coursework to earn your M.A. in Education and be eligible for an Administrator License.
  • Summer: You’ll attend a Licensure Orientation, which covers foundational concepts and reviews program expectations.
  • Fall and Spring: You’ll enroll in three eight-week, graduate-level courses and complete 150 internship hours each semester.

The highest standards

Aligned with Colorado’s Principal Quality Standards, our Principal Licensure provides personalized support during your online coursework and continuous feedback from your mentor principal, regional coordinator and Western instructors throughout your residency.

Alternative Principal Authorization Plan

Choose the plan that works for you.

The Alternative Principal Authorization Plan allows you to work full time as the principal, assistant principal or in a principal-like position at a Colorado K-12 school. You will spend at least one-two hours per week with a mentor principal while taking 25 credits of online coursework. To be and receive an alternative principal authorization from CDE, a candidate’s employed position must require them to hold a principal license in order to fulfill the job duties. Please refer to CDE’s website on the Alternative Pathway to Principal Authorization.

If your school or your position does not require you to hold a principal license, then you can complete Western’s Principal Residency Program.

Leading our youth

The Alternative Principal Authorization Plan allows you to work full time as the principal, assistant principal or in a principal-like position at a Colorado K-12 school.

M.A. in Education, Educational Administration Leadership

Become an agent for change.

As an education administrator, you’ll create a common vision for a district and improve conditions for learning. After completion of the principal licensure year, you may complete an additional 19 credits of coursework to earn your M.A. degree in Education and be eligible for an Administrator License, which allows you to apply for superintendent positions. You aren’t required to complete the degree if you only want to earn the principal license.

Western is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This regional accrediting agency is responsible for accrediting degree-granting post-secondary institutions in a 19-state region.

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Making an impact

Collaborate with teachers and employees to make sound decisions about effective learning and teaching for continuous improvement.

Department Information

M.A. in Education

Contact Information

970.943.2045

dbanker@western.edu

Campus Location

Crawford Hall 111
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230