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Take Your Teaching Career to the Next Level as a Principal

Prepare for an assistant principal or principal role in elementary, middle, or high school. Although all principal roles are different, you can expect some of the following responsibilities if you take on this leadership position in education.

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Collaborate with parents, teachers, superiors, and other stakeholders.

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Advocate for best practices and the growth of your local community.

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Manage teachers and staff with the goal of professional and educational advancement.

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Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine efficacy.


What will I learn in this certificate program?

Become a school administrator with the knowledge and understanding of education theory and high-level leadership techniques. As a student of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Licensure - Principal program, you gain the tools needed to coordinate daily school activities, oversee curricula, and maintain a safe and productive learning environment.

Students in this certificate program are NOT required to have completed a master’s degree prior to admission. Choose the option that’s right for you:

  1. Earn your Principal Licensure as part of your online Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from CSU Global. If you choose this option, the Principal Licensure program will replace the specialization requirement of the master’s degree program.

  2. Earn your Principal Licensure as a 24-credit-hour, stand-alone program.

Please note that 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 their state’s requirements via their Department of Education.

This certificate is eligible for Title IV financial aid and the Colorado Center for Rural Education scholarships or stipends.


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

  • Vision Statement defining your view of “great school leadership.”
  • Declaration of Eligibility form.
  • Copy of current teaching license.
  • 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 U.S., additional professional employment leadership skills, special skills, publications, exhibitions, awards, and service activities.
  • Reference letter completed by a school administrator indication you have the skills and disposition to be an effective school leader.
  • Email approval from internship placement principal for 6 hours per week with a licensed principal or assistant principal.

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

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Courses in this Certificate

During each course, students will also be interning 6-8 hours per week in the school where 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.

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


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

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

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In a national ranking of the top teaching programs by Best Value Schools, CSU Global earned top recognition.

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

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Graduate Certificate

We understand that in today’s changing economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while building credits toward a full degree. With a graduate certificate from CSU Global, you can prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time.

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Learn Valuable Skills

Educational administrators work closely with a range of stakeholders including teachers, students, parents, and community members to create and support learning inititatives. After completing your Graduate Certificate in Educational Licensure - Principal, you will be capable of the following:

  • Facilitate the development, implementation, and stewardship of a learning vision shared and supported by educational stakeholders.
  • Validate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program fit for student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Manage the organization, operation, and resrouces of a school to create a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop systems and relationships that engage and leverage internal and external resources to better serve teh diverse needs of students.
  • Create and utilize processes that empower leadership teams who support change and encourage improvements consistent with policies, laws, and agreements.

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