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Put your academic passions to good use as a principal or vice principal.


Being a leader in the education system is challenging, but rewarding, and CSU-Global is here to help you prepare for a bright future as an effective principal or vice principal.

As a professional in the education field, you will be responsible for managing school activities and staff, overseeing the operation of your school, setting educational goals, implementing standards according to state or federal requirements, preparing performance reports, and more.

Earn Your Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning - Education Leadership Concentration

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. CSU-Global is proud to offer two different ways to help you achieve your goals:

  • 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.

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The Education Leadership Principal Concentration within the Master of Science in Teaching and Learning is designed to provide students with the educational leadership skills necessary for being a Principal. The program is aligned with the Interstate Leader's Licensure Consortium's national standards and the Colorado Principal Licensure Standards. These defined standards provide outcomes that are fundamental for educational leaders to have in today's complex schools-vision, instructional leadership, management, community collaboration, integrity, and comprehension of educational context in our society. Students will apply these principles and objectives in practical academic settings both in the coursework and through an ongoing internship experience integrated into all the courses of this concentration.

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning — Principal Licensure Concentration is a 39 credit hour graduate degree program that consists of five core courses (15 credit hours) in the teaching and learning major and eight courses (24 credit hours) in the Principal Concentration focused on educational leadership and administration. Students in this concentration program are not required to complete a graduate-level specialization. This program is also offered as a non-degree Principal Licensure Certificate. The certifying agent for the completion of the Principal and Assistant Principal program of study is the CSU-Global Campus Registrar. Eligibility for licensure will be indicated on the official transcript.

Due to state authorizations, this program may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy regarding internships and practica.

Provisions for Admissions

In addition to CSU-Global’s graduate degree admissions requirements, students interested in completing the Principal Licensure Concentration must complete additional provisions. The following documents must be submitted through the Student Portal no later than 14 days prior to start of the term in which the student wishes to enroll in EDL500:

  • A copy of the student’s current teaching license
  • Vision statement defining their view of “great school leadership”
  • An identity history summary that includes a Declaration of Eligibility form and a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency
  • A resume that provides documented evidence of two or more years of full-time successful experience working as a licensed or certificated 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 the student has the skills and disposition to be an effective school leader
  • Email from the principal of the school where the student is currently teaching documenting that they approve an aspiring leader internship placement of 6 hours per week with a licensed principal or assistant principal.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Principal Licensure State Requirements

Principal Licensure requirements vary from state-to-state. This program was established and 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.


All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

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Career Outlook

Successful academic administrators are excellent critical thinkers and decision makers, strong leaders, social, effective communicators, computer savvy, organized, and active listeners.

You may be a good fit for this concentration if you enjoy:

  • Working with new technology
  • Creative thinking
  • Coordinating education programs
  • Monitoring performance

The postsecondary educational leadership profession is projected to increase 15% over the next seven years, while the elementary, middle, and high school administrative leadership field is projected to grow 6%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Regardless of which area of expertise you wish to pursue, earning your master’s degree will better prepare you to be an effective educational leader, and your school or school district will benefit from your professional preparation.

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Education Theory and Research and Applied Strategic Leadership in the Modern Community are two of the awards you can receive as part of our teaching and learning, education leadership program. 

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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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • OTL579: Research-Based Professional Project OR OTL581: Capstone - Researching Effective Educational Programming

    Students have the option of selecting OTL579 or OTL581 as the capstone course of this program. See the Academic Catalog for full course descriptions. Both options represent a culmination of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the M.S. in Teaching and Learning program.

  • 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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