Applying to these Principal Licensure Programs


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This online delivery allows you to start the program any term. Your courses will include students from a variety of graduate-level Educational Leadership programs for a dynamic learning environment focused on improving students lives.

Recommended Application Deadlines

We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first term. Approximate recommended deadlines:

  • Summer term: March 15
  • Fall term: June 15
  • Spring term: November 15

Students can generally still apply after these dates, but if the date has passed please contact the Program Coordinator to determine whether you should still apply for and/or begin classes in the upcoming term.


A faculty advisor is available to help if you have academic content questions about the program. Your point of contact will depend on which term you believe you would like to start the online program.

Spring or Summer Start

Linda Vogel, Ph.D.

Fall Start

Michael Cohen, Ed.D.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Step 1 – Apply

Apply to the UNC Graduate School. You will start a "UNC Graduate School Application." The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.

  • On the application, you will choose one of the following programs:

    • Educational Leadership (M.A.)
    • Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)
    • Licensure: Principal (K-12) Endorsement

  • Request 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply contact information for your recommenders in the application.

  • International applicants: please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for information about additional requirements.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent are listed in the Application Portal.

  • Current resume or curriculum vita which documents professional experiences in education.

  • A copy of all K-12 related license(s).

  • You will complete a Background Information Sheet.

  • Detailed Statement of Goals 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

  • The application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School 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. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

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