Online Principal Licensure Programs

Becoming a Principal - Residency Track

You are matched with a mentor principal for a year-long Principal Residency in a K-12 school.  You work with your mentor for a minimum of 7 to 8 hours a week, while taking 25 credits of coursework online.  At the end of the year, you will be recommended for your principal license and may complete an additional 16 credits of coursework to earn a Master's degree in Education.

More about the Residency Experience

Program features:

  • Relevant coursework designed around Colorado's Principal Quality Standards
  • 5 day program orientation on Western's campus in July/August
  • Online courses with personalized, in-person support
  • Continuous feedback from mentor, regional coordinator, and  Western instructors

*Principal licensure requirements vary from state-to-state. This program is approved based on the State of Colorado standards. Students are solely responsible for checking what the specific requirements are from their state’s Department of Education.

Alternative Licensure Track

You will work as the principal or assistant principal of record at a K-12 school and work with a mentor principal 1-2 hours per week while taking a full load of online courses.  For more information, see the Colorado Department of Education Alternative Principal Program webpage.

Pursuing your Master's degree

Following your licensure year, you may continue to pursue your Master’s degree with an emphasis on Educational Administrator Leadership. 

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