Online Principal Licensure Programs

Becoming a Principal - Residency Track

Western's one-year Principal Licensure program allows you to earn your principal license while gaining hands-on administrative experience in a real school.  You will work with a mentor principal for 7 to 8 hours per week in a K-12 school while while taking 25 credits of online coursework.  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.


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Program features:
  • Highly relevant coursework designed around Colorado's Principal Quality Standards
  • Intentional planning for career success. 
  • Western works closely with school districts in Colorado and beyond. Our public schools are our partners in growing the next generation of great principals. 
  • 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 full time 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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