Become an Educational Leader

This hybrid program is designed to develop leadership skills in areas of critical importance in Colorado schools.
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M.Ed. Educational Leadership (Principal Licensure)

Degree Overview

Regis University is proud to offer an innovative Master's in Educational Leadership (Principal Licensure). This is a unique competency based program developed using national and state standards for school leadership. Through this program you will be engaged in relevant and rigorous learning experiences in the following areas of leadership: strategic leadership, ethical and reflective leadership, community leadership, fiscal leadership, policy leadership, instructional leadership and data literacy leadership. Using a case study driven format, you will apply theoretical knowledge to real life applications. 

Designed and taught by practicing professionals, the Educational Leadership program will be delivered in a cohort blended format. You will be eligible for your principal license within 12 months and can earn your master's taking 9 additional credit hours. Licensure is subject to the rules of the Colorado Department of Education’s experience requirements. To earn a principal's license in Colorado, applicants must have three years in a licensed capacity at a school district.

Licensed educators and paraprofessionals are eligible to receive a 10% preferred tuition discount for Educational Leadership courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.

Principal License Requirements: 24 Credit Hours
Master's Degree: 9 Additional Credit Hours

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

This is a blended format program/5 week classes

Domain One (9 credit hours)
EDLS 690 School Strategy and Sustainability
EDLS 692 Community & Communications Leadership
EDLS 696 Ethical & Reflective Leadership
Domain Two (9 credit hours)
EDLS 660 Fiscal Leadership
EDLS 661 Human Resources Leadership
EDLS 694 Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership
Domain Three (6 credit hours)
EDLS 662 Instructional Leadership
EDLS 697 Data Literacy and Assessment
Master's Emphasis Areas
Organizational Politics and Performance (3 courses)
This specialization explores the political context of leadership, change, and organizational effectiveness.
EDLS 693 Principals, Power and Politics
MBOP 604 Coaching for Change
MBOP 606 Effective Decision Making in Performance
School Executive Leadership (3 courses)
This specialization allows the learner to customize their emphasis by completing three of the courses listed below.
EDLS 681 Personnel Selection and Supervision
EDLS 685 Peer Mentoring and Support
EDLS 688 School Finance
EDLS 689 School Law
MSM 602 The Leadership Management Challenge
MSM 621 Leading Change and Innovation

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

How to Apply

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Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from ALL previously attended U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended school(s) to the Office of Admissions. Download the transcript request form.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75, calculated cumulatively.  
  • Current resume
  • Copy of current teaching license
  • Three years of experience in a licensed capacity in a school district must be completed prior to being granted a principal's license. Evidence of this experience must be submitted to the program director prior to being recommended for principal licensure.
  • Admissions interview may be required.
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
  • Principle Licensure seeking students must purchase a Task Stream account directly through Taskstream. Contact information for Taskstream will be sent to you after add/ drop date of your first course. Task Stream is a webfolio to document all of your evaluations, projects, papers and internship hours. Once you have completed your program you can provide a link to principals when you apply for teaching positions.

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Start Application Deadline
Spring 2016 January 11, 2016 December 7, 2015
Summer 2016 May 2, 2016 April 4, 2016
Fall 2016 August 22, 2016 July 25, 2016

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.


2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $14,300 30 $475 $50
Online $14,300 30 $475 $50

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.

Licensed educators and paraprofessionals are eligible to receive a 10% preferred tuition discount for Educational Leadership courses at CPS. Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for details.