Become an Educational Leader

This program is designed for licensed teachers seeking an additional endorsement in Educational Leadership for Innovation and Change (Principal Licensure).
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M.Ed. Added Endorsement: Principal Licensure

Degree Overview

Regis University is proud to offer an innovative Master's in Education with Added Endorsement for Licensed Teachers: Educational Leadership for Innovation & Change (Principal Licensure). This program gives licensed teachers the opportunity to support school administrators, advance their own careers and earn principal licensure in Colorado. Through this program you will explore the importance of responsible educational leadership including the critical aspects of supervision, mentoring and support, as well as school finance, law and assessment data. The curriculum connects theory and practice to field experience in the real world, preparing you to become an influential leader in education. 

Designed and taught by practicing professionals, the Educational Leadership program is available online and on campus.

A graduate license is dependent on the major of your bachelor's degree. If the level and area of license you are seeking does not correspond to your specific major, you may need to take additional undergraduate credits as required by Colorado laws and regulations for license.

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

Total Degree and Principal License Requirements: 36 credit hours

  • Foundational courses: 9 credit hours
  • Graduate professional sequence courses: 24 credit hours
  • Capstone requirement: 3 credit hours

Program Requirements

Foundational Requirements (9 credit hours)

EDLS 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
EDLS 671 Instructional Strategies
EDLS 672 Principles of Adult Learning

Professional Sequence Courses (24 credit hours)

EDLS 681 Personnel Selection and Supervision
EDLS 683 Case Studies in the Principalship
EDLS 684 Curriculum and Implementation
EDLS 685 Peer Mentoring and Support
EDLS 687 Managing Assessment Data
EDLS 688 School Finance
EDLS 689 School Law
EDLS 695E-W Internship: School Principal

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

EDLS 643 Capstone: Educational Leadership for Innovation and Change

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.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

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.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from previously attended U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended school to the CPS Admission Office.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on degree-bearing transcript with option of supplying additional course work transcripts.
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Oath and consent information
  • Current resume
  • One online recommendation form from a principal, colleague or supervisor who knows your work in a professional setting (observation form not required)
  • Copy of current teaching license
  • Criminal background check: Applicants must have a $45 background check in order to complete their online application. View and print the instructions, consent for background check and disqualifying offenses documents to get started.
  • Three years of teaching experience required prior to starting the program
  • 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

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Starts Application Deadline
Summer 2014 May 5, 2014 April 7, 2014
Fall 2014 August 25, 2014 July 28, 2014

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


Regis University Tuition: M.Ed. with Added Endorsement - Principal Licensure

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $17,175 36 $475 $75
Online $17,175 36 $475 $75

Directed study costs $475 per credit hour

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

Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.