Online Principal Licensure Programs

Becoming a Principal - Principal Residency Program

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 135 hours a semester - around 7 to 8 hours per week - while while taking 25 credits of online coursework.  Click here to see a degree plan. You will be admitted to the program as part of our MA in Education program and all your credits will apply toward a MA degree.  At the end of the year, you will be recommended for your Principal License and may complete an additional 15 credits of coursework to earn a Master's degree in Education.

The principal licensure program requires 1 year to complete.

Summer:  You will attend a five day session in the summer, typically scheduled at the end of July/beginning of August.  This session covers foundational concepts and reviews program expectations. It is also a great opportunity to connect with your instructors and peers face-to-face.

Fall:  You will be enrolled in three 8-week graduate-level courses and complete 135 experience hours towards your internship.  The 8-week courses have staggered start dates to minimize multiple assignments being due on the same day. 

Spring: You will be enrolled in three 8-week graduate-level courses and complete 135 experience hours towards your internship.  The 8-week courses have staggered start dates to minimize multiple assignments being due on the same day.

Following your licensure year, you may complete an additional 15 credits to earn your MA in Education.

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Alternative Principal Licensure Program

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

Following your licensure year, you may complete an additional 16 credits to earn your MA in Education

Program features:

  • Highly relevant coursework designed around Colorado's Principal Quality Standards
  • Earn your license while working full-time
  • 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.

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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