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You’re already helping to build a better future: You teach. Now serve and lead at a higher level by earning your Educational Leadership-Principal Licensure.

Combine your passion for education with your talent for leadership. With CSU Global’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership-Principal Licensure*, you can prepare for an assistant principal or principal role in elementary, middle, or high schools—and you can complete your online education leadership principal licensure entirely online, around your busy schedule.

The principal licensure program meets the requirements for licensure in Colorado and is not designed to, and therefore does not, meet the education requirements in any other state. If you wish to understand more about the licensure reciprocity process for teachers please email



  • You may earn your principal licensure as part of your online Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from CSU Global. If you choose this option, your principal licensure program will replace the specialization requirement of the master’s degree program.
  • If you’ve already earned your master’s degree, you can earn your principal licensure as a 24-credit-hour, stand-alone program.

(Students in this licensure program are not required to have completed a master’s degree prior to admission.)

Whichever option you choose, you will learn education theory and high-level leadership techniques as well as the tools to...

  • Coordinate daily school activities.
  • Oversee curricula.
  • Maintain a safe, productive learning environment.

It’s a challenging and rewarding occupation, and CSU Global is here to help you prepare for a bright future as an effective leader in education.

Principal licensure requirements vary from state-to-state. This program was established and approved based on the State of Colorado standards.

CSUG has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure in states other than Colorado. If you have questions related to reciprocity please email

If you want to take the next step in your teaching career, move into administration, or become a principal, the graduate Educational Leadership-Principal Licensure can help you reach your goal.


No later than 14 days prior to start of the term, the following documents will need to be uploaded through the student portal:

  • Vision Statement defining your view of "great school leadership".
  • Declaration of Eligibility form.
  • A copy of your current teaching license.
  • A resume that provides documented evidence of two or more years of full-time, successful experience working as a licensed or certified professional in a public or non-public elementary or secondary school in the United States, additional professional employment leadership skills, special skills, publications, exhibitions, awards, and service activities.
  • A reference letter completed by a school administrator indicating that you have the skills and disposition to be an effective school leader.
  • Email from the principal of the school where you are currently teaching documenting that they approve an aspiring leader internship placement of six hours per week with a licensed principal or assistant principal.

Talk to your academic advisor for further details and assistance as needed.


The graduate Principal Licensure program consists of seven courses, including student teaching, for a total of 24 credits. During each principal licensure course students will also be interning 6-8 hours per week, implementing the principal effectiveness standards that they are learning, in the school in which they are currently teaching. 

  • EDL500 Strategic Leadership
    This course examines the goals and objectives for individuals and groups to shape school culture, climate, and values. Students learn to facilitate the development of a shared strategic vision and prioritize the student and staff needs of a school within community and district contexts.
  • EDL510 School Leadership Internship
    This course fulfills the internship requirement of the Education Leadership Principal Licensure program at CSU-Global Campus. Prior to enrolling in this course, students should have completed the 300 total hours (approximately six hours per week) of internship activities that specifically relate to course content in the other EDL courses within the program. Learners will then complete assignments that focus on their clinical observation and application of knowledge and skills in various situations.
  • EDL520 Instructional Leadership
    This course examines instructional leadership in K-12 schools with special attention to issues of promoting the success of every student. Students focus on advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to learning and staff professional growth.
  • EDL530 School Culture and Equity Leadership
    This course introduces the ethical, social, and technical dimensions of current educational leadership practice. Top- ics include creating an inclusive and welcoming school cli- mate, promoting the overall development of every student, providing instruction that meets the needs of diverse student populations, and fostering a culture that encourages continual improvement.
  • EDL540 Human Resource Leadership
    This course focuses on personnel management and instructional supervision for creating effective learning environments with diversity and equity. Students learn how to be visionary change agents by creating collaborative learning communities, engaging in reflective and research-based practices, and increasing capacity for leadership development.
  • EDL550 Managerial Leadership
    This course explores the allocation of resources for maximizing student and staff learning support. Students learn the necessary functions for managing school operations conducive to learning and ensuring a safe environment in accordance with federal/state laws and school board policies.
  • EDL560 External Development Leadership
    This course investigates the development and successful implementation of initiatives that better serve learners. Students learn to effectively design structures and processes that result in community engagement, support, and ownership. The course content focuses on proactively creating opportunities for parents, community leaders, and business representatives to participate in meaningful school activities, and provides effective strategies to leverage district and community resources in the best interest of students and their families.
  • OTL568 Action Research
    Advanced examination of an educator led research approach with an emphasis on instructional improvement and student learning.

* OTL568 and EDL510 may be taken as corequisites

** This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific AuthorizationPolicy under Admissions Policies.

Learn more about the Graduate Education Leadership Principal Licensure program

For financial assistance, see if you qualify for Colorado Center for Rural Education scholarships or stipends by visiting