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Educational Leadership Graduate Programs with Principal Licensure – Online Ongoing Delivery

Get Started – Begin any Term

This Online Ongoing delivery allows you to start any academic term and finish the program at your own pace. You can attend coursework year round (Fall, Spring and Summer terms). Your courses will include students from a variety of graduate-level Educational Leadership programs for a dynamic learning environment focused on improving students lives.

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

The program coordinators can help you determine which online delivery option best fits your needs.

Online Meetings (Synchronous Learning Sessions)

Each course will include synchronous learning sessions where the professor and students meet online at the same time. These sessions are tentatively planned for most Tuesdays and occasional Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. MT. Students will have input on session scheduling.

Program Coordinator

Linda Vogel, PhD
970-351-2119

Application Deadline

This delivery option accepts transcripts throughout the year, and you can start any academic terms. 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.

Applicants for Online Programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

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:
    1. Educational Leadership-MA (Extended Campus)
    2. Educational Leadership-EDS (Extended Campus)
    3. Teacher Licensure: Principal (K-12) (Extended Campus)
  2. You will then click on "Submit Supplemental Items" (or log back in later and choose "Bear App Profile") to submit the following in the online application system once you have completed your graduate school application:
    • Current resume or curriculum vita which documents professional experiences in education
    • A copy of K-12 related license(s)
    • ELPS graduate applicant 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.

International Applicants

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL IBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE-A: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio page**
  • Financial Documentation** – we will need to verify that you can financially cover the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) of the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

** = Items marked with ** are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email grad.school@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.

Snapshot

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