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