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Educational Leadership: Principal (k-12) Licensure, Master of Arts and Educational Specialist Programs

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Principal Licensure and Educational Leadership Degree Options

This program, designed according to the Standards for Principals through the Colorado Department of Education and State Board of Education, assists you in obtaining a Colorado Principal (K-12) license. You can work concurrently on an Educational Leadership Master of Arts (MA) or Educational Specialist (EdS) degree.

You'll Develop In-Depth Understanding About
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Working with external environments
  • Policy development
  • Organizational behavior
  • Contemporary educational issues

Designed for Working Educators

These programs feature intensive instruction, innovative scheduling for busy professionals, and internship opportunities scheduled during the school year so that you can apply projects to your work goals. Earning an Educational Leadership degree or licensure from UNC will enable you to develop the vision and skills to successfully lead K-12 educational organizations. You will study with other professionals and share ideas, problems, and successes with individuals who face everyday challenges similar to yours. For information about when you can start and whom to contact about each delivery option, visit the "Get Started / Apply" page for that option.

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Credits Required:
Licensure-only: 27
MA or EdS Degree with Licensure: 30
Time to Completion:
15-20 months - Varies by delivery location
$555/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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– 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