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Educational Leadership Graduate Programs with Principal Licensure – Denver Center + Online Delivery

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You can begin the Denver Center + Online (hybrid online plus face-to-face) delivery of this program any academic term.

More About the Denver Center + Online Delivery

  • Earn your degree in four or five semesters.
  • Courses are offered in condensed hybrid format that combines online coursework with Wednesday night, weekend and mini-summer sessions at our Denver Center at Lowry.
  • Advisement from a full-time faculty member at the Denver Center is available to you throughout the program.
  • To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Program Coordinator

Michael Cohen

Application Deadline

This delivery option accepts transcripts throughout the year, and you can start any academic term. It is recommended that you apply at least 60 days before the start of the semester for which you desire admission, but you can contact the Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines.

The Application Process

You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School. On the application, for Academic Program of Interest choose the appropriate option below based on the program you need:
    • Educational Leadership M.A. (Extended Campus)
    • Educational Leadership Ed.S. (Extended Campus)
    • Licensure: Principal (K-12) Endorsement (Extended Campus)
  2. You will then continue in the system (or log back in later) to submit the following:
    • Current resume or curriculum vita which documents professional experiences in education
    • A copy of K-12 related license(s)
    • You will complete a Background Information Sheet.
    • Three professional letters of recommendation - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to these individuals.
    • Detailed Personal Statement which describes your:
      - Demonstrated commitment to education
      - Contributions to professional education
      - Immediate and long-range personal, professional, and academic goals
      - Rationale for pursuing this program
      - Strengths and weaknesses as they apply to educational leadership
      - Provide a brief essay in which you identify and discuss a significant, current educational problem. Describe how you would attempt to solve the problem identified.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and the ELPS program and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision.


Credits Required:
Licensure-only: 27
MA or EdS Degree with Licensure: 30
Time to Completion:
15-20 months (varies by delivery location)
$575/credit hour

Delivery Options:

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What Students Say

"The rural cohort has been an excellent way for me to collaborate with so many other professionals in my field of study. Though our setting is non-traditional, 21st Century technology works seamlessly for all of us to "gather" during a time that works best for us."

– Kimberly Ehnes, Graduate

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"UNC's ELPS program is one of the best I've seen on many levels and it has been a pleasure to be involved with an amazing group of students and faculty!"

– Lois Oestreich, Graduate

"I was nervous about how the technology would work, and I did have some glitches to start out, but I had excellent support from my professors and extremely helpful technical support from the help-line to solve the problem."

– Jennifer Ellsperman, Graduate

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"What I appreciate most about the course of study is how relevant I find it. Often, I can take what I'm learning and directly apply it to the work I'm currently doing."

– Katie Baldassar