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Administrator (Licensure) – Courses & Requirements

There are 21 required credits including the concluding applied activity. Those who already hold a Principal Licensure can finish in one year.

The Licensure as Part of an Advanced Degree

Combine Administrator Licensure coursework with additional coursework to earn both the licensure and an Educational Specialist (EdS) or Doctor of Education (EdD) degree. Speak with the Program Coordinator for details.

If You Currently Hold a Principal License...

Depending on where you completed your Principal Licensure requirements, you may have already completed the Prerequisite Courses and ELPS 654, 660 and 670 below. These required courses may be waived if you took those or equivalent courses within the past eight years or can demonstrate the knowledge and skills for a Colorado Administrator License.

Required Courses (21 Credit Hours)

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.

Licensure Courses (18 hours)

ELPS 650 School Finance and Budgeting (3)

ELPS 654 Instructional Leadership and Supervision (3)

ELPS 660 Law and the Administrator (3)

ELPS 665 Policy Analysis and Development (3)

ELPS 667 Leadership at the District Level (3)

SRM 670 Evaluation: Models and Designs (3)

Field-Based Learning (3 Credit Hours)

ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership (3) – Satisfactory performance on a concluding activity approved by division faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, must be demonstrated (minimum 2 hours at central office and 1 hour with other agencies).


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
21 hours (or less - see Courses page)
Time to Completion:
1–2 years
$575/credit hour

Delivery Options:

  • Online program - start any term (depending on which courses you need)

Program Coordinator:

Linda Vogel


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