school principal license graduate certificate

Educational Leadership

Graduate Certificate | Principal Licensure

The education you need for principal licensure.

Looking to earn your principal licensure? The Educational Leadership certificate program is a state-approved principal licensure preparation program ideal for candidates who are looking to further their educational career without the requirements of a full master's degree. At Regis, you’ll engage in relevant and rigorous learning experiences in the areas of strategic leadership, equity leadership, community leadership, fiscal leadership, policy leadership, instructional leadership and data-literacy leadership.

Principal Licensure Requirements

The Educational Leadership certificate program is a CDE state-approved principal license preparation program. 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 in a school district.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
5-, 8- and 16-week courses in a blended format

Credits for Completion
26 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$545 per credit hour
10% discount for teachers

Sample Educational Leadership Classes

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EDLS 690: School Strategy and Sustainability

Analyze forces shaping the education environment and the fundamental strategic choices leaders make that influence school performance.

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EDLS 662: Instructional Leadership

Understand the implications of the common core state standards and research instructional practices and the implications on student achievement.

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EDLS 696: Equity Leadership

Examine ethical dilemmas in education leadership and the decision making processes involved. Analyze topics to develop skills in moral reflection and ethical decision making considering professional and societal values.

Program Details

Get all the details on our Educational Leadership graduate certificate program, including course requirements and application materials. 

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A Master's Degree Within Reach

The graduate certificate in Educational Leadership is a great first step towards becoming a licensed principal or school administrator. But why stop there? With just three more classes, you can continue on to earn a Master's in Education: Educational Leadership from Regis University. 

Certificate + Principal Licensure:
26 credit hours

Master's in Education + Principal Licensure:
35 credit hours

How to Apply

To apply to the Educational Leadership graduate certificate program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts
  • Resume

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $545 per credit hour
10% tuition discount available licensed or contracted teachers
Total program credits: 26

Curious about financial aid options? Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Rolling Admissions

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended you apply to this program at least 4 weeks prior to your desired start date.

Starts are offered in January, May and August.

A Culture of Excellence

The Educational Leadership graduate certification is offered by the Division of Education within Regis College.