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Lead Students and Educators as a Principal or Vice Principal

If you possess strong leadership skills and have a passion for teaching, then becoming a principal or professional educational leader may be an ideal career for you. Some responsibilities might include the following:


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What will I learn in this degree?

Elevate your leadership competencies, intellect, and professional knowledge of K-12 educational best and emerging practices. As part of your online master’s degree program in teaching and learning, you can participate in the Principal Licensure Concentration. If you choose to do so, this program will replace your requirement for a specialization. For students who already have a master’s degree, we also offer the Principal Licensure as a 24-credit-hour, stand-alone program. With either option, you will learn education theories, advanced leadership techniques, and gain the tools to coordinate daily school activities, oversee curricula, and maintain a safe, productive learning environment.

Please note that CSU Global does not provide educator licensing or endorsement.

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Courses in this Degree

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.

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • 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.
  • OTL502 Learning Theories and Models of Instruction
    This course provides students with an introduction to learning theories. A variety of theoretical constructs are studied to address diverse learning styles and conceptual frameworks for engaging learners. Students will explore theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and cognitive development. By examining a range of principles, perspectives and tools, students will gain an understanding of learning and teaching in a variety of contexts. Students will use problem solving, application, and evaluation skills to analyze the theories and practices of educational organizations.
  • OTL545 Technology and Innovation
    This course presents how present and emerging technologies are transforming society and schools and the implications these changes have for teaching and learning. Strategies for building students' critical thinking habits, innovation, and creativity with respect to new technologies and media will be developed in the context of 21st century literacies (information, visual, etc.). Students will explore the practical context for the use of technology and will develop skills that identify and address the challenge of using technology creatively in teaching and learning situations today.
  • OTL547 Evaluation and Assessment
    Examination of methods and techniques for evaluation and assessment of learning in Pre-K-12 settings with a focus on instructional improvement and student achievement. Students who take OTL541K will not be able to apply this credit towards any program requiring OTL547. Students in the Masters of Science in Teaching and Learning program prior to the 2017-2018 Fall trimester take OTL541k.
  • OTL565 Cultural Responsiveness in the Differentiated Classroom
    An examination of the theories and concepts that define cultural responsiveness with an emphasis on the theory and methods for creating multiple pathways of learning to accommodate students with varying backgrounds of knowledge, readiness, language, interest, and learning styles.
  • OTL568 Action Research
    Advanced examination of an educator led research approach with an emphasis on instructional improvement and student learning.
  • OTL579** Capstone - Research-Based Professional Project
    This research-based course is an opportunity for students to integrate and synthesize their learning across the program curriculum and demonstrate the skills needed to be an effective educator in today's global community. The culminating professional project will be framed around nationally recognized educator effectiveness knowledge, skills, and standards that can be of strategic benefit to a professional or educational organization. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.
  • OTL581 Capstone - Researching Effective Educational Programming
    This capstone course brings together the knowledge and skills needed to define and research an educational problem or professional practice. Students utilize data, strategy, research skills, analytical tools, theoretical models, and decision sciences in this research project that can be of strategic benefit to a professional or educational organization. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.

*Master’s Plus - Some M.S. in Teaching and Learning students may be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

**OTL568 and EDL510 may be taken as corequisites.

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

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Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.


CSU Global was ranked #2 on Best Value Schools’ Top 10 Cheap Online Master’s in K-12 Teaching and Education Degree Programs list.


In Best Colleges’ Schools of Distinction standings, CSU Global earns one of only 15 gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.


Guide to Online Schools identifies CSU Global as one of the top military-friendly online institutions.


In Best Value Schools’ Best Teaching Degrees 2018, CSU Global lands #18 spot.

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“CSU Global has wonderful professors and a manageable schedule and format to hep me as a working professional further my education. I appreciate everything I have learned as a student at CSU Global, and know it will be helpful in my career.”


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Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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Learn Valuable Skills

CSU Global’s Teaching & Learning Education Leadership Concentration is designed to prepare you for a career as a successful principal or assistant principal. The courses developed and selected for inclusion in this program reflect that mission, with intensive coursework and practical application built into the curriculum. Additional learning outcomes include…

  • Facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a learning vision shared and supported by educational stakeholders.
  • Validate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Manage the organization, operation, and resources of a school to create a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop systems and relationships to engage and leverage resources, from within and outside the school, to maximize the school's ability to successfully implement initiatives that better serve the diverse needs of students.
  • Create and utilize processes to empower leadership teams that support change and encourage improvements consistent with policies, laws, and agreements.

Career Outlook

$4,300-$9,200 MORE WITH A MASTER’S

Starting salaries are higher for teachers with master’s degree, depending on subject area.


Master’s in Teaching and Learning alumni from CSU Global report high rates of working in the education field after completing the program.


Master’s in Teaching and Learning alumni from CSU Global report a median annual starting salary close to $70k.


Top three job titles as reported by Master’s in Teaching and Learning alumni from CSU Global.

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