Center for Educator Preparation

Program at a Glance

Colorado State University. On-campus attendance is required to complete this program. Delivery-Campus
For the principal licensure (This option is only for those who have previously earned a master's degree.) 24 credits
For the M.Ed. and principal licensure 33 credits
Visit the Registrar’s Website (hyperlinked to: for tuition and fees schedule for graduate classes. Financial Aid (link to is available for degree seeking students. Tuition
Can be completed in 1 year, including summer semesters Time frame
Master of Education in Education and Human Resource Studies and principal licensure; transcript reflects education sciences specialization. Degree awarded

Requirements and Curriculum


  • Principal licensure only-24 credits
  • Master's degree and principal licensure-33 credits
  • The program is designed in a cohort-based format to ensure these requirements are met.


CSU cohort

Summer (Phase I)
  • EDUC 645 – Leadership and Ethics in Public Education (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 646 – School Resource Management (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 647 – School Culture, Climate, and Communications (3 cr.)

Fall (Phase II)
  • EDUC 687B – Principal - Internship (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 648A – Role of the Principal: Professional Learning Community (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 618 – School Law (3 cr.)

Spring (Phase III)
  • EDUC 648B – Role of the Principal: Managing and Leading Change (2 cr.)
  • EDUC 687B – Principal - Internship (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 610 – Principles of Supervision and Evaluation (3 cr.)

Summer (Phase IV – master's students only)
  • EDRM 600 – Introduction to Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 619 – Curriculum Development (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 651 – Multicultural and Special Populations (3 cr.)

The Learning Experience

  • The program is designed to be completed while teaching full time. It is offered on the CSU campus.

  • During the school year, you attend class one night per week and participate in 2 to 3 seminars per semester (held on Saturdays). The summer session consists of a three-week intensive session, where classes meet each weekday. In addition to the in-person courses, two classes in the program are offered only in the online format (EDUC 619 and EDUC 646). Also, you will participate in a 300-hour internship (200 hours completed at your school site, and 100 hours at a different level [i.e. elementary, middle, high school, or district]). Students seeking a master's degree in addition to the principal licensure complete the degree requirements in four semesters. Students seeking the license only can complete degree requirements in three semesters.