Principal Licensure

Principal Licensure Overview

Prepare for a leadership position in education through our non-degree or Master of Education principal licensure program. Through your coursework, you will:

  • Develop the leadership skills needed to direct educational programs
  • Become a facilitator of educational change
  • Implement new approaches to solve the problems confronting education

The program strives to meet the growing needs of public and private schools for highly qualified educators, including those in high-demand areas such as science, technology, engineering, and math.

  • Obtain a stronger understanding of pedagogical skills and effective theories of learning.
  • Advance your own education while remaining employed full-time.
  • Gain knowledge that can be applied immediately to your career.
  • Learn from highly qualified Colorado State University faculty members who are content experts in their fields.

The Principal Licensure only program is for students who already have a Master’s Degree. The Master of Education plus Principal Licensure program is for students who do not yet have a Masters degree. Currently, we have 2 cohorts options for students to choose from. The CSU cohort draws students from near-by communities in the Fort Collins area, and the Thompson cohort, taught out of Loveland, serves students south of Fort Collins, as well as students traveling from outside of the Northern Colorado area.

Students interested in the off-campus Thompson Cohort

Students interested in the on-campus CSU Cohort

Career Opportunities

You will be prepared to be a superintendent, principal, or another leadership position in education with skills to direct educational programs, become a facilitator of educational change, and implement new approaches to solving the problems confronting education. After completing the program, you can also be ready to meet the growing needs of schools for highly qualified teachers, including those in high-demand areas such as science, technology, engineering, and math.

Who should earn this degree?

You should earn this degree if you are preparing for a leadership position in education. Principals, superintendents, and teachers could all be interested in this licensure and graduate degree for career advancement.